Andrew Ballin committed to the University of Utah in late August after a tremendous summer including taking home the running back MVP honors at the Oakland Nike football camp. He bested top running backs from all over the West Coast throughout the summer and scored 5th in the Nike SPARQ combine in Oakland.
"Competing against the best in California and really the best on the West coast was a lot of fun, I went in there with Fresno on my back and had to represent. When there was dudes there with all the hype surrounding them, I knew I wanted to go out there and show them what's up"
This performance along with an impressive junior year, in which Ballin broke his high school's record of kickoff returns for touchdowns (6) was enough to get an offer from Utah. Andrew looked into the program and loved everything he heard and saw. Coach Tuiaki established a good relationship with Ballin, "Coach Tuiaka is a cool dude. He is a straight-up guy. He never beats around the bush or anything." It was his relationship with Coach Tuiaka, as well as the programs success that made it so easy for Andrew Ballin to pull the trigger and commit. "Even though I hadn't been out on a visit I knew it was the place for me."
Andrew is focused on his season right now, and is planning on taking his official visit to the University of Utah in December or January. He has never been to Utah, but is really excited to visit. Ballin has an offer from Eastern Washington, and continues to hear a lot from them. He is planning to visit there as well as Texas Tech once his season is done. Colorado has been in contact with Andrew, but he doesn't plan on taking a visit there. "I am very comfortable with the University of Utah, and at the end of the day that is where I want to go to school and play football."
Andrew has game-changing speed, and is primarily being recruited by Utah as a cornerback, which according to him is cool. "I am an athlete, and my speed allows me to play RB, WR, CB, and all special teams, so whatever the Utes want me to play, I will play." He plays cornerback when his high school plays a team that has a game-breaking wide receiver, and said he is a "lock-down cornerback, I rarely ever see throws my way." He tested a 4.4 40 at a combine his junior year, and was clocked at a 4.6 at the Nike SPARQ combine, which was laser tested.
Between the 6 touchdown returns his junior year to the 17 touchdowns he has scored his senior year, Ballin is proving he is a lot more than a kid with good track speed. "I have a chip on my shoulder, I feel like I have been overlooked and all that does is add fuel to my fire. Being from Fresno that's pretty common, but I know that when I get to Utah I am going to prove a lot of people wrong."
Andrew Ballin still solid with Utah
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