Ballage offers insight

Running back Kalen Ballage of Falcon (Co.) High talks about his interest from the Irish and where things stand with his recruitment.

Running back Kalen Ballage of Falcon (Co.) High stays in close contact with Notre Dame recruiting coordinator Tony Alford.

"I talked to Coach Tony Alford and he told me that they are very interested in me, and he wants me to keep my options open," Ballage said. "He said he wants me to take an official to Notre Dame because Notre Dame is going to continue to go after me."

Last week, reports surfaced that Ballage had received an offer from the Irish, but Ballage isn't sure that's the case.

"I don't have a Twitter, but the way I found out about it (the offer) was, I got a bunch of texts from people sending me the screen shot of a Twitter account that tweeted that I was offered by Notre Dame," Ballage said. "I was confused because I hadn't heard from Notre Dame about the offer."

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound running back has yet to schedule an official visit, though he's receiving interest from many schools.

"I don't have any visits planned because I'm focused on my season," Ballage said. "I'll wait until after the season to plan anything. [In addition to Notre Dame]I'm hearing mostly from Arizona State, Washington, Oregon (no offer), Nebraska, and Boise State."

Ballage said the main draw to Notre Dame is how the Irish operate in the backfield.

"I definitely like what Notre Dame has done in the past with their running backs," Ballage said. "They move them around and let them catch the ball out of the backfield. I think that I have deceptive speed. People expect that because I'm big, I'm just a power back, but I can run past people just as well I as can run through them."

Ballage has rushed for 20 touchdowns and over 1,300 yards on the season. Ballage is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 32 running back in the nation.


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