P/PK Jared Ballman

A good kicker can get you crucial points late in games or help win the field-position battle that can be the difference between winning and losing down the stretch.

One of the better specialists in the country is Grossmont K/P Jared Ballman (6-1, 180) and he's having a good year for the Griffs and that is making him a hot commodity with several four-year schools.

"Things have been going really well for me," Ballman, who both kicks and punts for Grossmont, told JCFootball.com recently.  "I've had a pretty good year on the field and recruiting is going strong right now."

For the season, Ballman, who prepped at Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, has punted 30 times for a 44 yard average and has dropped 33% of his punts inside the 20.  As a placekicker, he's hit 7 of 12 field goal attempts (48 is his long) and hasn't had one kickoff brought out of the endzone.

"On my field goals, I haven't been as strong this year because we've been experimenting with holders and snappers so I haven't been as consistent as I would have liked," Ballman said.  "It's important for the three of us to all be on the same page, but it's been tough this year with all the changes."

On the recruiting front, Ballman has been hearing a lot from several schools and a couple are very close to offering.

"Out of high school Arizona, Louisville and San Diego State wanted me to walk-on, but I didn't feel that was the best thing for me so I came to Grossmont to see if I could earn a scholarship," Ballman said.  "So far (recruiting) has been going really well for me because I have a lot of schools that are really interested."

While he doesn't have any offers at this point, Ballman said Washington, Louisville, Indiana, Iowa, East Carolina, Syracuse, Arizona, Rutgers, Oregon and Utah are all schools that have been in constant contact with him.

"Washington has been talking to me about coming up there on the first or second week of December," Ballman said.  "They are a good school and they want me to come in and challenge for the punting, kickoff and field goal jobs.

"Coach (Bob) Simmons who is their special teams coach and tight end coach, he is the one I'm talking to a lot.  He said their punter is a senior and he wants an experienced player to come in and continue what he has going this year.  I guess he's a pretty good one."

Ballman said he's been looking at depth-charts and that Washington's is very appealing at this point.

"I want to play right away because I only have two years to play so I have to make the most of them," Ballman, who also has a redshirt season available, said.  "Washington is a school I'm really looking at."

Ballman was a full-qualifier out of high school and will graduate in December with is AA degree.  He wants to major in Real Estate or Business Management wherever he ends up finishing his college career.


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