Interest in the services of Falcon (Colo.) athlete Kalen Ballage has picked up since the three-star athlete put on a show at the Rivals Camp Series stop in Phoenix a few weeks ago. He showed up to the event looking like a college junior and displayed a rare level of speed for a player of his size.
After leaving a trail of buzz in his wake, Ballage knew he'd be hearing from new schools.
So what's happening now surprises exactly no one. Somehow, though, the offer Ballage picked up from Kansas State on Tuesday afternoon managed to take him off guard. It's not that the Wildcats had shown limited interest in him before the offer arrived. It's that he'd never heard a peep from anyone in Manhattan.
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"I know absolutely nothing at all about them," Ballage said. "Well, everybody here knows Collin Klein. He went to Loveland High School. It's probably about an hour and 30 minutes away. That's just about all I know. I never received a letter from them and never talked to any of their coaches. I guess they must have just saw my film."
K-State extended the offer through Ballage's high school coach, who alerted his star player after the conversation. The details are yet to be sorted out, as Ballage has not had a conversation with any member of Bill Snyder's staff.
"My coach said they don't have a set position for me just quite yet, but I'm going to get that information soon, when I talk to them," Ballage said.
The newest offer, his 11th overall, hasn't changed his outlook on the process. Ballage still names no favorites and insists that every school interested in him stands on level footing. It's as if he senses his current lists of suitors is set to grow exponentially in the coming months.
"I'm interested in every school that offers," Ballage said. "Every school on my list is a contender. I just want to go somewhere where I'm comfortable."
Establishing an early pecking order will be tricky. Ballage is limited as to the number of unofficial visits he can take at the moment. So while he'd like to hit the road and check out some of his potential landing spots right away, he'll need to wait to form opinions.
Saying Ballage is frustrated with the situation is understating the point. The reason he's being kept off the road has him borderline furious.
"Track is going on right now, and I hate it with a passion," he said. "I hate it and I wish it wasn't going on right now so I could get out and see some schools, but it's something I do, I guess."
Ballage plays both running back and linebacker at Falcon and claims scholarship offers at both positions.