September 25, 2013
Ballage has Spartans on his list
Kalen Ballage of Falcon High School in Colorado is one of the fastest running back prospects in the nation for the class of 2014. However, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound prospect is taking his time when it comes to his recruitment. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 4-star recruit and got the latest news on his season and recruitment. Find out more.
Michigan State is looking to add another running back to the class of 2014 and Kalen Ballage is one of the players on the short list of prospects they have targeted. Led by recruiter Ron Burton, the Spartans have kept in frequent contact with Ball age are one of the programs he is looking closely at. We spoke with Ballage about the teams currently standing out and if he has any visits lined up at this point.
"I do not have any visits set up at this point. I definitely want to take some after my season. I am looking the most at Michigan State, Nebraska, Boise State, Washington and Arizona State."
Ballage is one of the top uncommitted running back prospects in the nation for the class of 2014. In addition to being rated a 4-star recruit, he is also the #1 player in Colorado and the #133 player in the nation overall. Ballage is listed as an Athlete in the rivals.com database, but he informed us that all of his suitors are recruiting him with the intention of having him play running back.
Michigan State Coach Ron Burton has known about Ballage since his time at Air Force and has kept in frequent contact with him throughout the recruiting process. We asked Ballage about his contact with Coach Burton and how his senior year is going so far.
"Coach Burton and I speak pretty much every week," he said. "My senior year is going really well, so far I have 59 carries for 830-yards and 13 touchdowns. We are undefeated (4-0)"
Ballage's statistics might be even better if he was not taken out of a few games after the contest was well in hand. Ball age could have a real shot at rushing for over 2000-yard when you factor in the playoffs.
As far as making a college choice Ballage has indicated that he wants to attend a school that will not only allow him to compete for championships, but also feature him in an offense that best utilizes his impressive skill set. In addition to his imposing 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame, Ballage has 4.4 speed and can catch the ball out of the backfield.
Ballage also wants to make sure the school he selects meets all of his needs as a student-athlete.
"The school I select will have to be the total package," he stated. "It has to be a good school, have a great environment and I have to like everything about the football program."
Michigan State will be hosting several big prospects the weekend of October 12th as well as November 2nd. Unfortunately for Ballage, he has game son Friday night of both of those weekends. Head Coach Mark Dantonio like so spend as much time as possible meeting with recruit and their families. Those two weeks would be tight options. It is more likely the Spartan look to host him on a weekend during bowl practice when they may have numerous other commits on campus in an official capacity.
SpartanMag.com will continue to keep in contact with Ballage in the coming weeks. He is one of several high-level prospects the staff is targeting with the final running back scholarship for 2014. IT could come down to a situation of whatever running backs pulls the trigger first will lock up the spot.
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