Introducing Patrick Baldenegro

Q & A with Chandler (Ariz.) High School tight end.

Scout.com: What were your stats and honors last year?
Patrick Baldenegro:
"I had about 23 catches for 240 yards, I won offensive player of the against Westview in the playoff game and also received the Brick award, an honor for outstanding play in a game."
What is your official height and weight?
"My official height and weight stats are 6'5", and 205 pounds."
What is your greatest football memory?
"My greatest football memory is from this previous season when my team trusted the ball in my hands in double overtime for the touchdown, and the two point conversion, for the game winner. But just getting the opportunity to build a brotherhood with all of the guys and hang out in the locker room all the time was an honor."
What are your goals for the upcoming season?
"My main goal is to win the state championship, but other goals include bringing positive media towards Chandler High School to help build the program for future years."
How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer?
"Everyday my teammates and I are lifting for 3-4 hours, while doing field work 2-3 times a week. We all just want to be successful so were giving 110% everyday to achieve our goals. I plan on attending a couple camps but I'm not quite sure which ones in particular, but like I said its definitely on my agenda."
What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?
"Well every day is a day of progress, I'm working to improve every aspect of my game, and my coaching staff is very well-planned with our schedule. Am I focusing on one point of my game though? No, because I can always improve every aspect (Blocking, Receiving, Route Running, etc)."
Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
"There's quite a few of my teammates that should be on many teams scouting reports. I won't give away all of our weapons but on the offensive line there's a nightmare duo at any positions with their hands in the dirt, Tyler Shank and Tyler McClure. Then there's the crushing run stopping force in Francis Tuita, Jordan Hoyt, and Jefferson Hunt. Lastly our shutdown corner DJ Frazier."
Name one teammate you really respect and why?
"One teammate I really respect from last season would undoubtedly be Lloyd Mills. He was a positive mentor for all of us young guys and a performer on the field as well. I've known him since kindergarten and have respected and looked up to him for as long as I can remember."
What are your goals regarding playing football in college?
"The goal for college is obviously to play in a prestigious Division I program, hopefully on a full ride."
Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet?
"Right now there are a few schools with interest in me, although there are no offers on the table yet. these schools include Michigan State, Arizona, Duke, Florida State and a few Ivy League schools, Yale and Princeton."
Would you consider staying in state to play in college?
"Staying in state for college is definitely an option, I love Arizona and am in no hurry to just get out of here."
What would your top 5 college choices be?
"My options for college aren't very descriptive yet, one of my dream schools is Stanford, but besides that my options are open."
Who is the best player you have ever played against and why?
"The best player I have ever played against would have to be Mike Arredondo from Desert Vista, he's a tough kid and a pain to block. I would also have to say that in practice having to block Chandler High's very own Kisima Jagne was never exactly a piece of cake either."
Name one opponent who you really respect and why?
"One opponent I really respect was also Desert Vista, they were a group of tough, smart guys ready to win at any cost. They were not dirty players either, meaning no disrespect to any other teams."
What other sports do you play?
"The only other sport I play is Basketball for Chandler High school, on top of football obviously."
What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?
"My max lift in Bench is 235, squat is 350, power clean hasn't been tested recently but I anticipate around 215 or so, and my 40 time is 4.75."
How would your coach describe you as a player?
"My coach would most likely describe me as a very hard working young man, somebody who absorbs advice and wise words of wisdom, intelligent and tough as a football player, and a role model off of the field."
What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
"My strengths as a player are a high football IQ, a relentless effort all the time and pretty good hands. My weaknesses however is a lack of confidence at times."
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
"My favorite athletes are Dwight Howard and Tony Gonzalez. They are both very humble gentlemen, who are frequently helping their cities and the less fortunate which is the main reason that I want to be a professional, to have that type of effect on people's lives."
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
"Recently when I compared myself to another player, one of my coaches told me, 'Never compare yourself to anybody else but the maximum level that you can achieve, because nobody else is like you'."
Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?
"You can expect to see us playing as a unit, all as one and letting our play speak for us on the field, not our mouths. We are not going to accept falling short this year and will give our last breaths in any effort towards winning every single game."

What can a college program expect from you?
"A college program can expect a tremendous work ethic, insurmountable desire to win, and a lifelong commitment to the school."
What is your GPA and SAT score?
"My GPA at the moment is 4.5 weighted, or 3.98 unweighted, and I have my standardized tests scheduled for this spring."
What will the main factors be when you choose a school?
"The most important factors for my choice of college will definitely be most importantly the level of education and opportunities. Secondly, tradition and culture of the school and city, and thirdly, obviously the connection between the coaching staff and I."

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