Spartans looking to grab committed tight end

Free State HS, tight end Christian Ballard recently gave a verbal commitment to the Kansas Jayhawks, but that isn't stopping Michigan State from going hard after the junior big man who has re-opened his recruiting.

LAWRENCE, KS - Free State HS, tight end Christian Ballard recently gave a verbal commitment to the Kansas Jayhawks, but that isn't stopping Michigan State from going hard after the junior big man who has re-opened his recruiting.

Ballard had only one scholarship offer and so he took it, committing to the Kansas Jayhawks, but then tape of his sophomore season began to make the rounds and the offers began coming in droves, despite his committment to KU.

Ballard cannot sign a letter of intent until February 2007, so its open season until that time. MSU has offered the big 6-foot-4, 280 pound pass catcher a full ride scholarship and has him on their fast track. Ballard runs a 4.7-40 and is a likely invitee to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl presented by Scout.com.

For his part, the junior says keeping a level head is getting hard. "I'm trying to stay humble right now," Ballard told the Kansas Journal-World. "It's kind of hard with some of the pretty big-name schools calling and coming by and showing me interest. But I'm trying to stay humble."

MSU is hoping their wide open offense and committments from two of the nation's top quarterback prospects, Keith Nichol of Lowell and Connor Dixon of Pennsylvania will lure the big target to East Lansing.

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