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Ballungay Makes it 14 For Cal

June 28, 2019

6-6/235 Kimball (Tracy, CA) High School tight end Kaleo Ballungay has long had the Bears high on his list of favorites and with today’s announcement, the 3 star tight end made things official with Cal with his commitment to the Bears.

“I really like the relationship I have with the coaching staff and how I’m going to fit into the offense,” said Ballungay. “I feel like the relationship’s always been there with the coaches and I feel really  comfortable there. When I went to visit, it really felt like home.

“It’s close to home so all my friends and family can come to see me play. That’s important.”

The Bears like Ballungay’s combination of size and versatility, giving them the dual threat of an inline tight end who can take on blockers or split out to create mismatches as a receiver.

“Coach Baldwin says I’m a big target and he can’t wait to call some plays my way in the future,” said Ballungay.

“I still have a big frame to go into. I’m at 235 right now and I can see myself adding another 25 pounds and maintain my speed. I ran a 4.92 at camp and I’ll continue to work on my speed and my craft.”

“Kaleo’s a huge target and has great hands,” said Kimball head coach Mike Kuhnlenz. “His blocking is awesome. He’s one of those guys where you can spread him out in the slot or bring him in as a tight end and you can go from 10 to 11 personnel without taking him off the field, depending on what the defense does.

“He’s just a really great athlete. He moves well for a big guy. And as a person, he’s a very, very great young man. Cal’s super-lucky to get him. I wish I had him for another four years. He’s a little shy at first but once you get to know him, he’s a goofball, in a good way. Just really fun to be around.

“He’s just a really good kid. Very respectful. Very coachable. If he makes a mistake in a game, I’d get on him. Some kids shut down but he’ll just look you in the eye and say, ‘Okay, coach. I’ll make the play next time.’ And he does.

“Just a really good kid with great character and his work ethic is through the roof. His grades are great, too. When you’re coaching football, you wish you could have 11 Kaleo’s on the field. He’s a great leader. His teammates respect him.

“Cal’s getting a great addition in Kaleo. I’m excited what this year holds for him, especially now that he’s followed his dream in committing to Cal and can focus on his senior season.”

As a junior, Ballungay hauled in 20 passes for 464 yards and five touchdowns for Kimball.

Ballungay had offers from Oregon State, Kansas State, San Diego State and more, as well as fellow academic powerhouse, Yale.

Ballungay makes the 14th commitment for the Bears, joining fellow tight end Jake Muller, receivers Casey Filkins, Jeremiah Hunter and Tommy Christakos, running back Chris Street, QB Zach Johnson and offensive linemen Everett Johnson and Ender Aguilar on the offensive side of the ball.

Additional recruiting stories:

Butler Opts to Stay Local With Commitment to Cal

Mestidor Likes What he Sees on West Coast


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