Baltazar planning trip to UW in April

One Cali running back who plans to visit Washington next month to get a closer look at one of the top schools on his list is Eastlake (Chula Vista, Ca.) RB Aaron Baltazar. was able to track down the talented runner recently and he updated us on where things stand on the recruiting front...

"Washington is definitely one of my top schools that I'm considering and I'm going up there next month for their Junior Day," Baltazar told recently. "I talk to coach (Joel) Thomas a lot and coach (Jimmie) Dougherty too.

"I've been talking to both of them since they offered me last season and also coach (Steve) Sarkisian too."

Some had reported that Baltazar made a commitment to Washington when the Huskies offered during hte fall and he admitted that the reports were true, although he soon recanted and wanted to keep things open for a while.

"I was really excited when Washington offered and I committed, but I didn't really realize what I was doing," Baltazar noted. "I just decided I wanted to open things back up and make sure I was making the best decision for me and Washington still looks like a great place for me, but I need to see it first and also I want to let some other schools come in and offer so I can have more offers."

Currently, in addition to his offer from the Huskies, Baltazar has offers from Cincinnati, San Diego State and UCLA as well and he said he feels that Oregon State and USC could be offering in the coming weeks as they come and get a look at him this May.

"I'm open to everyone right now and a couple of schools have showed me some interest and said they could be offering this spring," Baltazar said. "I'm still really high on (Washington), but I have to make sure I'm being smart about making my decision."

As a junior this past season, Baltazar had to to share carries with three other running backs and thus didn't put up big numbers, carrying the ball only 49 times for 242 yards and two scores, however with his excellent size/speed ratio and his quick feet he's already one of the top backs in the San Diego area.

"I've been working a lot with my coaches on my speed and quickness," Baltazar said. "I want to have a big senior season and show people what I can do, so my focus this offseason has been my speed and getting bigger and stronger, but also getting more elusive in the open field."

We will have more from Baltazar after he takes his unofficial visit to Washington next month and we will update things as they happen with him.

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