Sunday, March 2, 2014

Rising star watch: Frank Ginda

Photo courtesy of ESPN Recruiting Nation
At the "crossroads of California" is where you'll find a potential hidden gem in Pacheco High's versatile running back/linebacker Frank Ginda of Los Banos.

Ginda doubles as a powerhouse runner and hard-nosed linebacker with college football level size: 6-foot-2,220-pounds.

Here's more on Ginda:

STATS: 101 career tackles. Three sacks. Three interceptions. Carries - 120. Yards -1,100. Touchdowns - 21.

WHAT TO LIKE: Ginda bounces off of defenders and is very tough to bring down. Shows long strides when he runs the football. Has good vision and can rumble through openings. For a guy carrying 220-pounds, he's shown to out-run defenders for the end zone. Runs a 40-yard dash time of 4.6. He never stopped his feet after contact was made and moves a pile with him. Can stretch defenses on screen passes. Has a nose for the goal line. Defensively, he's an effective gap shooter and can disrupt running plays. Shows off good closing speed and has a nose for the football. Has good reads and is rarely caught out of position when making a tackle. Off the field, he carries a 3.9 grade point average.

WHAT TO BUILD ON: Not the fastest runner and can get caught from behind. Will need to continue to refine speed. Pass coverage skills also needs tweaking. Need to also see his ability to rush the passer.

OVERALL: Ginda is a blue-collar, throwback type for Pacheco. His size, versatility and smarts makes him an intriguing under the radar type in Merced County. An offseason of exposure and a monster senior season could make him Pacheco's most highly-sought prospect.


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