GopherSports.com will be posting interviews with many of the newest Gophers from the 2012 signing class throughout the remainder of the winter and spring. The next profile in our series is a conversation with defensive back Jeremy Baltazar of Blinn Junior College.
Baltazar enrolled in school in January and will participate in spring practice. Both Scout.com and Rivals.com rated Baltazar as a two-star prospect.
GopherSports.com: What does it feel like to be a Gopher?
Jeremy Baltazar: It feels good. It's a really good program.
GopherSports.com: When did you know you wanted to be a Gopher and what was the experience like when you informed the coaches you were coming to Minnesota?
Jeremy Baltazar: The experience was great. They were really excited about me coming. I knew I wanted to come here after I took my visit during the game against Wisconsin.
GopherSports.com: Why did you decide to enroll early?
Jeremy Baltazar: I was graduating from junior College. I didn't have any other classes to take there, so I decided that I was going to come straight here.
GopherSports.com: Do you have a planned major?
Jeremy Baltazar: I plan on majoring in Communications.
GopherSports.com: What are your goals for next season?
Jeremy Baltazar: To help the team win as many games as possible and to try to get to the Rose Bowl. I know there will be competition, so I plan on competing for a starting spot.
GopherSports.com: What are your goals for your college career? When it's all said and done where do you want to be?
Jeremy Baltazar: When it's all said and done I'd like to go to the NFL if I'm blessed enough to get that opportunity. If not, then I am going to get my degree and get a job.
GopherSports.com: Is there a particular athlete you try to model yourself after?
Jeremy Baltazar: I don't really model myself after any athlete. My favorite athlete is Barry Sanders, but I don't model myself after him. He's just my favorite athlete and a great role model.
GopherSports.com: How do you feel about the new uniforms?
Jeremy Baltazar: I like them. They give a little pro combat look.
GopherSports.com: What is your favorite TV show?
Jeremy Baltazar: I haven't really been watching too much TV lately. I just watch SportsCenter and ESPN when I am watching TV.
GopherSports.com: Who is your favorite musical artist?
Jeremy Baltazar: My favorite music artist right now would have to be Soulja Boy.
-Interview by Athletic Communications Student Assistant Mitch Praxl