Edina Safety Nick Rallis Gets Gopher Interest

Nick Rallis, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound sophomore safety from Edina (MN) High, is the younger brother of current Gopher linebacker, Mike, and is one of the state's best players in the Class of 2012. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Rallis to learn more about his expectations for the upcoming season and his recruitment.

Nick Rallis helped lead Edina to a 6-6 mark last season, losing to Eden Prairie 51-21 in the second round of the playoffs. He finished second on the team in tackles as a sophomore with 90 total tackles, 60 solos. Rallis had one interception return for 17 yards.

What schools have you been hearing from the most?

"I hear a lot from Northwestern, Wisconsin, Minnesota. They have all asked me to go to their camp."

What are the expectations for Edina this upcoming season?

"Expectations are always to win conference and then from there to go to state. We have not been to state in a long time. Obviously, to win a state title. We've got a lot of new faces coming and old faces. It depends on how hard we work this offseason."

Are you going to play both sides of the field this season?

"Yes. I am for sure going to start at safety and I might mix in a little on offense; a little bit at running back and tight end. We have a lot of skilled players. A lot of talent. We have a lot more depth than last year."

Was it nice to see your brother play so well in the spring game?

"Yes, it was. I learn a lot from him, watching him play. He'll bring the film back and we'll break it down. It is good to see him out here, because his goal is to get to the next level, too. I just wish the best for him."

Has Mike ever worked on you to convince to come to Minnesota?

"He wants to the best for me, but I think the best would be to joining him here. If he played his fifth year, I'd be able to play a year under him. I never thought that I would play with him on the same team."

You never have, right?

"I've always been the little one, but I've never been punked around by him, though."

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