June 7, 2011

A Secret No More

For a first camp, Whiteright's Gerron Ballard came away with far different impressions that the ones he had before everything started.

"I thought I was going to do some 40s and shuttles and stuff like that,'' Ballard said. "I liked it because I got a chance to make an impression.''

Well, he's already done that with the Baylor coaches. The Bears were the first to offer the 2012 prospect as a tight end. About to enter his third year as a starter, Ballard will again split time at both tight end and defensive end.

Some programs may not be sure of what to make of the 6-5, 240-pound hopeful in the Class 2A community located about 15 miles southeast of Sherman. He is athletic enough to play either side of the ball.

But that's what all of these camps are for. Ballard is just now creating waves. He said he plans on going to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech's camp on Thursday and then go through Texas' camp which runs June 12-15.

Baylor likes his hands especially because of his basketball background. At 6-5, 240, he can probably add another 15 pounds in college and not miss a step.

"We're a basketball family because I played in school and because my brothers and my grandfather played it,'' Ballard said. "I know Baylor likes the way I catch the football. I'm looking to score every time I get it.''

While watching him in the camp, Ballard does what a good tight end does. He doesn't fight the football. He's comfortable catching it, tucking it and taking it up the field. Now, these were just drills and players were not wearing any pads including helmets. Wherever he goes, Ballard won't need a remedial course on the mechanics of catching a football.

Ballard said he is strongly considering Baylor but is also being patient throughout the process to see if more offers will be coming.

"I think my strengths are that I do a good job of getting off the line of scrimmage,'' Ballard said. "But one of my weaknesses is that I'm not balanced enough. I think I lean a little too far forward when I line up and what I'm going through my routes.''

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