"I love warm weather and that's definitely a plus about Arizona State. The campus is huge so it's not crowded and everything is really spaced out. That's the thing that surprised me the most about the school. They also had a lot of nice facilities."
The 6-3 217-pound Kalen Ballage is the proverbial athletic freak and not only because he easily passes the eye test but also due to his impressive game film that complements his physical stature.
"I talked to the running backs coach, Bo Graham," Ballage commented. "He dissected everything about me and what he likes. He showed me how I could fit in their scheme. That definitely put an image in my head on how I could play here. He said being as a fast as I am for my size (Ballage reported a 40 time of 4.37 seconds) was surprising and he liked my change of direction. He said that I was a big back in a small back's body, and that I can run over people but still have quickness too."
Compliments such as those hardly blind a hard working player such as Ballage.
"I'm someone that wants to work on everything about my game," Ballage explained. "There is always room for improvement and working on the little things. Everybody can work on that stuff."
With his physical frame the Falcon standout is a prospect that is projected to play on either side of the ball, and according to him sometimes it just all depends on who gets to see your game film.
"Coach Bo Graham wants me to play running back," Ballage remarked, "and said that he's avoiding showing his dad my defensive film because his dad is a defensive coach and would want me to play there. Coach Lanning who coaches the linebackers has been recruiting me and he likes how aggressive I am playing on defense. They like me an as outside linebacker and maybe playing safety too."
Ballage fully expected to receive an offer during his unofficial visit, and he said that he would like to take an official visit to Tempe later this year. With this recent offer Arizona State now joins a long list of suitors for his services. Programs such as Michigan, Nebraska, Boise State, Colorado, Utah, Vanderbilt, Oregon State are some of the schools recruiting him in earnest.
"It's always been my dream to play college football so I'm very happy with my recruiting," Ballage said. "It's not overwhelming for me because I asked for this, I was ready for it and I'm enjoying every moment of it.
"At this point I don't have a short list of colleges and I'm focusing on school so I can make sure that I can do the things I want to do. I'm not planning to make a decision before my senior year begins. I'm going to choose a school that fits right in your heart and go to a place where I'm going to like the people, like the town and just everything about the school because you only get to go to college once. You have to be somewhere where you love to be."