Future Buff Field General?

Matt Ballenger took an unofficial visit to Colorado last month before being offered by the CU staff just a few weeks later. The 6-foot-2 1/2, 200-pound signal caller received the Buff scholarship extension after Offensive Coordinator Mark Helfrich saw him at an all-Idaho High School Combine. Ballenger may take the CU staff up on their generous proposal in the coming weeks.

Height: 6-2 1/2
Weight: 200
40 time: 4.9
Bench: 195
Squat: 315
Clean: 200
Vertical: "32
From: Nampa, Idaho
High School: Skyview

As a junior, Matt Ballenger threw for 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Ballenger was named first team all-conference. "I have good accuracy and I can see the whole field so I always know what is going on," he boasts. "I can also tuck it in and run if I need to."

The Idaho signal caller made an unofficial visit to Boulder in April. "I really like the town of Boulder. It is awesome there. I am going back there for their summer camp in June."

After his trip to Boulder, Ballenger attended the all-Idaho High School combine where CU coach Mark Helfrich was impressed enough to offer soon after. The quarterback received his written offer two weeks ago, on May 16th. CU is his lone offer at this point. "Colorado is my favorite school. I also like Boise State, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Utah and Boise have talked a little about offering, but I haven't received anything yet.

"I know Coach Hawkins from Boise State and he is a great guy. I also know Cody Hawkins and I really like him. I feel I can learn a lot from him and I also feel I can compete with him. Colorado has a good quarterback situation. Coach Helfrich would also be great to play for with his background at Arizona State."

With CU being his lone offer, and the clear-cut favorite, what is holding Ballenger back from committing? "That is tough to answer. I am just holding off for a little bit to make sure it is the right choice. However, something could happen when I go up there in a couple weeks."

The CU staff has mentioned to the Idaho product where they stand with their quarterback situation. "I asked them if I went there if they planned on taking any other quarterbacks and they said they might have to with their situation. They don't have too many quarterbacks right now. I am fine with that."

Ballenger carries a 3.0 core GPA and will take his tests in the fall.

The Buffalo Sports News will stay with this developing situation to see if Ballenger does indeed become a Buff in the month of June.


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