Bryce Balous finalized his plans to become a Cowboy this morning by signing his letter of intent. The one time Kansas State commit changed his pledge to Oklahoma State in December. He chose the Cowboys over Arkansas State, Iowa, Kansas State, Nevada and Texas Tech.
At 5-11 185 lbs, Balous brings 4.39 forty speed to the Cowboy secondary. Last season he recorded 120 solo tackles in his senior season at McKinney North High School in Texas. His speed also makes him an excellent return threat with an ability to contribute on special teams.
Here is ESPN's assessment of Balous:
Balous is a bit under sized for a safety but he has time to add weight as he matures. Plays with average strength but very good speed. He chases people down from behind easily.
Will need to study the game and improve in this area. Tends to false step too often and as a result finds himself out of the ideal position on plays. Needs more experience reading releases.
Can cover some ground as he has pure speed. With more experience and more polish and better instincts he could become very effective as his speed is special.
Is developing. Is not afraid, but his false step puts him out of position too often and makes him a step behind where he should be. Is a tackler that sometimes hits and sometimes grabs.
Balous is a mid-major type of player to be developed. His speed may make him attractive to others but has to improve his instinctive play to be effective at a higher level.
It is doubtful that Balous will see the field in 2015, as he will most likely be redshirted. However, his speed and hard hitting ability give him tremendous upside. Look for him to be a contributor to the Cowboy secondary in a few years.
Check out his highlights from Hudl.