Texas Tech's coaching staff is looking to add some big JUCO defensive backs to the roster this fall, and one prospect that is being targeted is big Blinn Buccaneer Corrion Ballard. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound safety discussed his recruitment.
"I'm talking to coach Scott. He tells me that I can come in and start. They offered me a week or two ago."
Ballard thinks highly of the offer from Texas Tech, and will be taking an official visit next weekend.
"It's good. I like it a lot. I just need to go on my official visits, I'm coming up [to Lubbock] on December 2nd."
Ballard talked about his relationship with defensive backs coach Karl Scott.
"I mean, he's real cool. He's going to keep it real with me, not going to sugarcoat anything. I like him. He tells me they have a lot of young guys there."
What does the big defender hope to experience while on his visit?
"Really just see how it is down there, see how the vibe is down there."
Ballard, who will have three years to play two, graduates in December and can join the program in January to participate in the spring. He discussed his overall recruitment and timeline.
"I already went on an official visit to Utah, and right now I'm on an official visit to UNLV. After y'all, I'll go on an official visit to Oklahoma State. I'll probably make my decision after the Oklahoma State visit."
Are any schools standing out to Ballard right now?
"Right now, not really. If I had to pick a top 3, it would be [Texas Tech], Utah, and Oklahoma State."
The JUCO prospect, originally from Humble Summer Creek High School, was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the competitive Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) after an outstanding season. He tallied three interceptions, eight pass break-ups, a forced fumble, five sacks, and 41 total tackles all during the regular season, as Blinn did not make the playoffs this year.
In a statement about the award, Blinn's interim head coach Ryan Mahon said, "Corrion is a great football player and all the coaches across the conference voted very highly for him. The way he understands football at the safety position helps everybody on the defense."
Ballard discussed the defensive scheme he plays in at Blinn.
"A lot of man [coverage]. It's really all man honestly. We run a 4-2-5."
What are the factors that will determine where he decides to commit?
"Whichever coach I bond with the most. Whichever coach is going to develop me in the long run. Really, just how the team is."