January 17, 2012

Balducci post-Army Bowl update

Times have changed for Oregon recruiting. Not too long ago Duck fans had no reason to watch high school All-American games because they did not have recruits playing in them. Now Oregon targets sprinkle the roster of all the high school post-season events, including the granddaddy Army All-American Bowl.

This year the Ducks did not have anybody announcing at the game who was seriously considering them, but they did have three verbal commits participating. Running back Byron Marshall, wide receiver Dwayne Stanford and defensive lineman Alex Balducci were in San Antonio representing the Pac-12 champions.

Duck Sports Authority caught up with Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic standout Alex Balducci to get his post-game thoughts.

"It was great," said Balducci. "I got a lot of playing time and it was just a great experience. It is definitely something I will learn from as I look forward to going on to the next level. I feel great about the win. I just like to win, whether it is at an All-Star game or the University of Oregon."

For the West squad the 6-foot-4, 275-pound athlete not only started, but played both defensive end and defensive tackle. "I'm versatile when it comes to position. A lot of guys care whether they play end or tackle. I just want to play defensive line. Honestly, I don't care where that is."

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