Focus 2012: DT Alex Balducci

Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic defensive lineman Alex Balducci is hearing from a handful of Pac-10 schools including UCLA, and two schools have already offered verbally...

It will be a strong year for lineman, on both sides of the ball, in the West in the class of 2012, and Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic defensive tackle Alex Balducci is a name that will be in that conversation.

The 6-4, 250-pound Balducci already has a pair of Pac-10 offers and more schools are expressing early interest in him.

"I've been verbally offered by Oregon and Washington," said Balducci. "I'm hearing from LSU, Texas A&M, Michigan, UCLA, Nebraska. And I get a lot of letters from Oregon State."

Balducci said he's interested in schools from around the country, but is partial to the region he calls home.

"If an SEC or Big Ten team was interested, I'd definitely take a look at them, but I'm a Northwest boy, so I love Oregon, Washington and Oregon State, but I don't have any favorites yet," said Balducci. "I'm really not looking that far ahead yet."

Balducci can play anywhere on the defensive line, but sees his future being inside.

"I'm getting looked at as both a defensive end and defensive tackle, but I see my future as a 3-technique," said Balducci.

He said he anticipates adding another 20 pounds prior to starting college.

"I want to be about 265-270 but keep my speed and quickness," said Balducci.

Balducci suffered a minor knee injury earlier this month, but should be back for the season concludes.

"I had a partial tear of my PCL, so I'm 2-4 weeks, but there's been no surgery and no operations are happening," said Balducci.

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