Ballage adds a new school to his radar
Running back Kalen Ballage of Falcon (Co.) High first reached out to Notre Dame running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Tony Alford this month to learn more about the Irish. "I have spoken with Coach (Tony) Alford some, and we are talking again soon," Ballage said. "He has watched all of my film and has said he really likes it." Ballage is not planning an early decision, though he says a few schools are standing out. "I really like Michigan State, Boise State and Nebraska right now," Ballage said. "But, I'm still open to all schools. After football season, I will probably decide. I might make my decision at the Army All-American game." Ballage also holds offers from the likes of Arizona State, Michigan, and Vanderbilt. "I do like Michigan, but I know they recruit a lot of running backs," Ballage said. "That's not saying that I don't want to compete, but just that I need to make the best decision for me." Should the Irish offer, Ballage said he's still unsure where that would place Notre Dame on his list of favorites. "It's too early to tell," Ballage said. "They are similar to Michigan in that they recruit a lot of running backs too." Ballage grew up as an Oregon fan, but says he's not a sure bet to commit there if an offer were to be extended. "Everyone has me going to Oregon if they offer, but just because I grew up a fan of the Ducks doesn't mean I would go there in a heartbeat." "I am looking for a place where I feel comfortable for the next four years," Ballage said. "You only get to go to college once, so I am also looking at the overall environment, atmosphere and coaching staff. Location definitely won't matter. It won't matter if it's two miles away or 1500 miles away." Standing at 6-foot-2, 215-pounds Ballage uses his size to his advantage in multiple ways on the field. "I think I'm deceptive on the field," Ballage said. "People look at my size and say I should be playing a different position, but I like proving people wrong." In Falcon's Thursday night 54-0 win over George Washington, Ballage had a 99-yard punt return for touchdown, a 77-yard touchdown reception, and two touchdown runs (60 and 35 yards). Ballage is ranked as the No. 32 running back prospect in the class of 2014 and is a three-star prospect.
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