May 9, 2011

Balducci takes in Oregon spring game

One of the most coveted northwest players in the class of 2012 is Central Catholic's Alex Balducci, who was in attendance for the Oregon Spring game on April 30th. Duck Sports Authority caught up with the talented lineman to get his thoughts on the contest and to get an update on his recruitment.

"I thought it was great," said Balducci of the Ducks' annual spring contest. "Oregon is obviously really young. They have a lot of guys that they rely on that are sophomores and juniors. They are so deep and talented, and with the speed, they are going to be one of the top teams in the nation."

Though being pursued on both sides of the ball by colleges, the 6-foot-4, 265 pound athlete was struck by the play of the defensive unit on that Saturday.

"I was really impressed with the defensive lines," recalled Balducci. "Coach Azzinaro has those guys really playing. They played great. Taylor Hart, Dion Jordan and Ricky Heimuli did a really good job with things. Hart did a real good job. He's filling the shoes of Brandon Bair, but he's filling them up real quick. That's what I saw."

Growing up, Balducci had exposure to several different positions.

"I've played defensive line off and on," Balducci said. "In middle school I played linebacker and I played defensive line freshman year. I played offense and defense sophomore year but they needed me mostly for offense sophomore year. My junior year mainly defense. So I've been playing defensive line all my life."

Attendance for the Oregon spring game was announced at somewhere around 45,000 people.

"That crowd, the fans, the whole Duck family shows a lot of love for that program," said Balducci. "I thought it was great. Not many communities show that much love for their football team. That was probably the biggest turnout for a spring game on the west coast."background. My uncle was in the Navy, my grandpa was in the Navy and my other grandpa was in the Air Force. I thought that was pretty cool supporting the troops like that. Those were some nice jerseys they handed to the troops after the game."

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