6 Johnny Balderas
Johnny  Balderas


Shafter, Calif.

High School:
Liberty HS, Shafter HS

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 175



AT SAN JOSE STATE: In his first season with the Spartans... Competing for playing time as a cornerback... Signed a National Letter-of-intent in February 2017... Pronounces his last name Ball-dare-us.

HIGH SCHOOL: An all-purpose player on offense, defense and as a return specialist for Liberty High (Coach Bryan Nixon) in Bakersfield, Calif. ... The 2016 Bakersfield Californian "Player of the Year"... Excelled as a defensive back... Intercepted 10 passes, credited with 22 pass break-ups, 7.0 tackles and 5.0 tackles for loss in 25 games... Caught 51 passes for 955 yards and 11 TDs in two seasons... Had three kickoff returns for touchdowns as a senior... Averaged 39.1 yards per kickoff return on 22 attempts... Two-time BakersfieldNow.com Special Teams Player of the Year... Two-sport letterwinner was a sprinter and long jumper on the track and field team as a junior... Began his high school career at Shafter High initially... Was a quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back during his freshman and sophomore seasons.

MORE ON JOHNNY: Has not declared a major... Considering communication studies or business administration... Intrigued about the possibility of managing an Italian restaurant... Enjoys sketching and watching movies... "When The Game Stands Tall," "Fast & Furious," and "Django Unchained" are three of his favorites... He is a native of Bakersfield, Calif.