Falcon's Kalen Ballage doesn't show hand during delay in signing letter of intent

By Kevin Carmody Updated: February 6, 2014 at 7:58 am • Published: February 5, 2014 | 5:45 pm 0

The recruiting world long waited for national signing day, when Falcon's Kalen Ballage would finally announce where he was headed to college.

Then came the snow, ice and brutally cold temperatures that closed schools Wednesday. Falcon's signing party instead will take place at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in either the school's commons or auditorium.

While the weather didn't stop anyone else from submitting letters of intent via fax, Ballage's decision to remain mum set the social media world ablaze as recruiting pundits and fans mulled possible scenarios.

Wednesday on Twitter, Ballage was reportedly seen on campus at Colorado, and his bio and photo briefly appeared among the Buffs' pool of verbal commits.

Then just as quickly, it disappeared. Others speculated Ballage had whittled his choices to Arizona State and UCLA. Some still have the recruit headed to Washington.

On Dec. 11, 2013, Ballage, one of the state's most sought-after athletes, gave a soft commitment to Arizona State. The standout athlete - he lined up at running back and wide receiver on offense, linebacker on defense and also played a big role on special teams - in late December told The Gazette that he was "leaning" toward Arizona State.

Both Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre and Arizona State coach Todd Graham alluded to expectations on landing one more recruit, as discussed on Twitter. Although coaches can't comment on recruits until they sign, it certainly appears as if both coaches have Ballage in mind.

Falcon athletic director Randy Hinson sent The Gazette an email earlier in the week with a listing of his student-athletes who were going to sign Wednesday. He wrote Ballage's name with Arizona State, based on a previous conversation.

"Kalen told us he's going with ASU, but that's still not official until something is signed," Hinson said. "This snow day sure has made things interesting."

Arizona State late Wednesday afternoon posted a release on its official website (thesundevils.com) of its 25 student-athletes who signed national letters of intent earlier in the day. Ballage was not listed.

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