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Ballage still 'leaning' toward Arizona State with two visits left

December 28, 2013 Updated: December 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm
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photo - Kalen Ballage of Falcon High School is The Gazette's 5A/4A football player of the year. Photo taken Dec. 26, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Kalen Ballage of Falcon High School is The Gazette's 5A/4A football player of the year. Photo taken Dec. 26, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) 

While Kalen Ballage can imagine himself in an Arizona State uniform, the Falcon standout athlete has not officially made up his mind, and can't do so until signing his national letter of intent Feb.?5, 2014.

On Dec. 11, Devils Digest, an Arizona State recruiting website, citing an unnamed source, reported that Ballage had committed to the Tempe, Ariz., school.

All verbal commitments are nonbinding.

"It's a soft commitment, but I'm leaning toward Arizona State," Ballage said to The Gazette on Thursday. "I like what they have to offer, and I can see myself there. I love how they use their running backs. Marion Grice is amazing. They let him split out at wide receiver and use his talents all over the field."

Grice not only leads the Sun Devils in rushing with 996 yards and 14 touchdowns, the versatile back also is third on the team with 50 pass receptions for 438 yards and eight more scores and averages 24.1 yards per kick return.

Ballage, who has future visits planned for Washington and UCLA, is known for his versatility as a runner, receiver and returner. Last season at Falcon, he scored 34 touchdowns, 25 on the ground, six as a receiver and three more on defense and special teams.

Earlier this month, Ballage visited Nebraska, one of 13 Division I schools that had made offers, according to recruiting website scout.com.

Heading into his senior season, he listed Boise State, Nebraska, Michigan, Michigan State, Arizona State and Washington as his top candidates.

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