December 25, 2012
Falcon athlete gaining more offers
Colorado State was among the first offers for Falcon (Colo.) athlete Kalen Ballage. But it hasn't taken long for the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder to get even more attention from recruiters across the country.
Ballage picked up CSU and Boise State offers during his junior season and a Utah offer last month. Since then, he said he has heard from Vanderbilt, Nebraska, Tennessee, Utah, Washington State, and San Diego State. Two other Front Range schools have since offered the talented two-way standout.
Wyoming and Colorado recently became offers number four and five, respectively. Ballage discussed the latest happenings of his recruitment with GoldandGreenNews.com.
"Wyoming was probably about three weeks ago and CU was maybe four or five days ago," Ballage explained of his most recent offers. "My coach talked to (Colorado's) running backs coach up there. I think it was Eric Bienemy."
He said the majority of recruiters like him as a running back or slot receiver-type athlete, with the exception of the Utes, who have told him they like him at outside linebacker.
CSU has maintained consistent contact with him since offering, as several members from the Rams' staff have visited or talked with him.
"I wasn't able to make it up, but I had planned on it," he said of his intentions to visit CSU for their junior day last weekend. "I've talked with (receivers) Coach Whitted and their outside linebackers coach (Marty English). I've talked with Coach Whitted probably the most. He's just been telling me that they want me to get up there and see how things are and they want to know more about me."
The class of 2014 standout added that he hopes to visit Colorado State either in the spring or summer since he wasn't able to last week.
"Yes sir, I do," he said.
Ballage added that it is too early for him to form a list of favorites, but said he always liked a Pac-12 school in particular growing up due to their flashy uniforms.
"I've loved Oregon since I was a little kid because when you're little, all you look at is the uniforms. Their uniforms have always been the best. It would be pretty cool to go to Oregon."
The all-Colorado selection by the Denver Post said he accounted for 21 touchdowns as a runner and receiver on offense and around 40 tackles on defense. He added that he has no preference as to which side of the ball he plays on at the next level, just that he loves the game and loves to be on the field making plays.
"I'd have to say my drive," he said is his best asset. "No matter if we're down by twenty or up by twenty, it's always important for me to give it everything I have, every play."
He said he is skipping the basketball season so he can concentrate on getting bigger and stronger in the weight room.
"I'm just lifting, lifting a lot so I can get big and fast and strong before I go into track season."
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