Report: Ballage committing to ASU

December 12, 2013 Updated: December 12, 2013 at 10:11 pm
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Falcon running back Kalen Ballage (7) being pursued by Pine Creek defense back Avery Anderson-Baer (1) Friday, October 4, 2013 at Falcon High School. Photo by Spotlight Sports Photography

Kalen Ballage of Falcon has given a verbal commitment to Arizona State, according to the website Devilsdigest.com.

The website attributed the commitment to a source, who said Ballage committed Wednesday night.

Attempts by The Gazette to reach Ballage were unsuccessful and voice mails were not returned.

Ballage, the 34th-ranked running back in the nation according to Scout.com, rushed for nearly 2,000 yards for the Falcons this season. He averaged 9.43 yards per carry for a total of 1,943 yards - fourth most in the state among all 11-man classifications - and 25 touchdowns, despite sitting out large portions of games when the Falcons had the lead.

He scored another six touchdowns on just 16 receptions, averaging 22.5 yards per catch.

Falcon co-coach Terry Poirier hadn't spoken to Ballage directly since the news broke, but said he too had heard "through the grapevine" that Ballage had committed to ASU.

"I think it'd be a good fit," Poirier told The Gazette on Thursday, noting that an ASU coach had attended a Falcon practice during the season. "Wherever Kalen goes he's going to help that program."

Rivals.com has Ballage ranked seventh in the nation among the class of 2014 as an athlete.

In August, Ballage told The Gazette that Arizona State was on his list of schools he would like to visit. He also listed Boise State, Michigan, Michigan State, Washington and Nebraska, where multiple recruiting sites said he was bound for an official visit this weekend.

Falcon was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs this season, after the Falcons finished second in the 4A Pikes Peak League with a 6-1 record - their only loss to eventual state champs Pine Creek. Falcon went 9-2 on the season.

At 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds. He recorded one of the state's fastest times in the 100 meters among high school athletes last year at 10.64 seconds.

Kevin Carmody contributed to this report.

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