Ballage says Michigan Offer "Mind Blowing"

Michigan officially tossed its hat in the ring for Falcon, CO ATH, Kalen Ballage, joining Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State, Utah, and Wyoming on his offer list. While he has found each scholarship offer exciting, it's clear that Michigan being the latest to join the mix is especially so.

Michigan believes it has discovered something special amid the snow-capped mountains of Colorado. That much is obvious considering the amount of attention they’ve shown Falcon, CO ATH, Kalen Ballage in recent weeks. After stopping by the talented youngster’s school in mid-January, Darrell Funk made Ballage one of his top priorities. The Wolverine assistant was so high on the 6-2, 215 lb. speedster that he took his boss to see the hidden gem for himself. One look and Michigan’s headman knew immediately what all the fuss was about.

“Coach Hoke came down to my high school,” Ballage reported. “Like I said the first time with Coach Funk, (Coach Hoke) couldn’t say much, so I just shook his hand. That’s about it. But he kind of like sized me up (with his eyes) and everything. Then they wanted to talk to me (Thursday). Coach Funk messaged me on Facebook, I called him, and he put me on the phone with Coach Hoke. He pretty much just told me then and there that I had a full ride from Michigan. It was just mind-blowing!”

“First of all to see coach Hoke in person… you see this dude on TV every week, and you see I person… it’s mind-blowing. Then to get that offer from him today it was cool because I’ve had this dream to play college football and be successful since I can remember. It’s just cool when the dream starts to come true.”

As excited as he was, Ballage maintained that he still has no favorites among the schools currently courting him. That said, it’s clear that Michigan has made a distinct impression.

“Nobody has just marched me down like Michigan,” he said. “Coach Funk and I kind of just clicked from the get go, and ever since things have just escalated. Literally I saw Coach Funk two times within two weeks. Then to see him again when he comes with Coach Hoke the third time… I’m like, ‘wow that’s crazy! He could be anywhere in the world right now… why would he be here in little old Falcon, Colorado?’ That was pretty cool. Their persistence is out of this world.”

With the Michigan offer now on the table the conversation with the Maize & Blue now shifts to other pertinent aspects of his recruitment like position and visit plans.

“They didn’t say which position they’re recruiting me for,” Ballage stated. “They just said you have a full ride to Michigan. I think them knowing that I’m an athlete… I think they’re kid of going to let me choose. That’s what it seems like right now. But I’m not sure.”

“As for visits… I always want to go to (every school that offers), but it is not easy. That’s the biggest part. I’ve been talking to Coach Funk about (visiting), so we’ll see.”

Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on Ballage in the coming months.


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Michigan believes it has discovered something special amid the snow-capped mountains of Colorado. That much is obvious considering the amount of attention they’ve shown Falcon, CO ATH, Kalen Ballage in recent weeks. After stopping by the talented youngster’s school in mid-January, Darrell Funk made Ballage one of his top priorities. The Wolverine assistant was so high on the 6-2, 215 lb. speedster that he took his boss to see the hidden gem for himself. One look and Michigan’s headman knew immediately what all the fuss was about.

“Coach Hoke came down to my high school,” Ballage reported. “Like I said the first time with Coach Funk, (Coach Hoke) couldn’t say much, so I just shook his hand. That’s about it. But he kind of like sized me up (with his eyes) and everything. Then they wanted to talk to me (Thursday). Coach Funk messaged me on Facebook, I called him, and he put me on the phone with Coach Hoke. He pretty much just told me then and there that I had a full ride from Michigan. It was just mind-blowing!”

“First of all to see coach Hoke in person… you see this dude on TV every week, and you see I person… it’s mind-blowing. Then to get that offer from him today it was cool because I’ve had this dream to play college football and be successful since I can remember. It’s just cool when the dream starts to come true.”

As excited as he was, Ballage maintained that he still has no favorites among the schools currently courting him. That said, it’s clear that Michigan has made a distinct impression.

“Nobody has just marched me down like Michigan,” he said. “Coach Funk and I kind of just clicked from the get go, and ever since things have just escalated. Literally I saw Coach Funk two times within two weeks. Then to see him again when he comes with Coach Hoke the third time… I’m like, ‘wow that’s crazy! He could be anywhere in the world right now… why would he be here in little old Falcon, Colorado?’ That was pretty cool. Their persistence is out of this world.”

With the Michigan offer now on the table the conversation with the Maize & Blue now shifts to other pertinent aspects of his recruitment like position and visit plans.

“They didn’t say which position they’re recruiting me for,” Ballage stated. “They just said you have a full ride to Michigan. I think them knowing that I’m an athlete… I think they’re kid of going to let me choose. That’s what it seems like right now. But I’m not sure.”

“As for visits… I always want to go to (every school that offers), but it is not easy. That’s the biggest part. I’ve been talking to Coach Funk about (visiting), so we’ll see.”

Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on Ballage in the coming months.

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