Done Deal: Ballenger a Buff

Matt Ballenger has signed his letter of intent to play for Colorado. For more on the newest CU Buffalo, get inside.

Matt Ballenger
Nampa, Idaho
6-4, 210

Why Colorado? "Mostly, just because Coach Hawkins and Coach Helfrich. I really like those guys. Then going down there and looking at the campus, it's the best campus, in my opinion, in the country. You can't get any better than what kind of facilities they have down there. It's just awesome."

Other Offers: Boise State, Idaho State

Recruiter: Mark Helfrich

HS Coach Dave Young: "The offense that we had – it was tough to get the terminology down. There was a lot of memorization. And we went back to kind of your old-school (terminology). Because of him and a couple other of my seniors, the switch was pretty seamless. We improved by about 1,000 yards a year (in total offense from 2004-06) and a lot of that was because Matt Ballenger, and then my running back Matt Kaiserman, who committed to Boise State. The kid can actually run fairly well. He runs a legit 4.9. He's just so long he's kind of deceptive in how fast he is. Plus, you know how kids are. There's a difference between 40 speed and game speed. His leadership for us was good and I think when he's at the next level where there are athletes as good as him and better, his leadership will develop and change. It'll go from having to feel like he needs to carry the team, to maybe feeling like he needs to know what everybody is doing and getting them to perform their jobs better."

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