As recruiting for 2010 gears up, the top players in the class — and the players that Texas is going to go after — is becoming clearer. One of those players is a local product in Round Rock McNeil linebacker Kurt Killens. Inside, get Killens’ thoughts on Texas, the BCS, recruiting, his exceptional junior season and more. Plus, see Killens’ latest junior highlights and find out why he’s known as a big-time hitter.
Kurt Killens spent his Sunday evening doing what a lot of fans of the Texas Longhorns were likely doing – trying to make sense of the BCS rankings and the Horns’ exclusion from the Big 12 Championship Game.
The 6-3, 215-pound junior linebacker from Round Rock says that he loves watching college football and after being in attendance for Texas’ 49-9 Thanksgiving blowout of Texas A&M, Killens was left wondering how the Horns ended up on the outside looking in at the conference title.
“It was a real outstanding performance, I was very impressed,” Killens said. “After seeing how the BCS came out and after watching the game, I think Texas should have been there.”
The unofficial visit was one of many for Killens, who can now start to shift some attention towards recruiting as he has remained in contact with some of the biggest and best programs in college football.
“I’ve been kind of in the dark about it, I haven’t sat down yet and talked about anything yet,” Killens said. “I’ve been working out a lot and I’ve been busy with the holiday and everything.”
“I’ve been getting a lot of mail,” said Killens, who added that Alabama, LSU, Texas and Texas A&M have started showing him a lot of personal attention. “Definitely those four are recruiting me the hardest.”
As Killens gets into the recruiting game he does not have a solid list put together of his top schools, but he also threw Texas Tech in the mix to round out his top five.
“I’m open to anybody right now,” Killens said. “Location is not a problem. The main thing I’m looking for in a school is good academics.”
Killens and the McNeil Mavericks missed out on the postseason in 2008 as a season ending loss to District 16-5A rival Georgetown got the Eagles into the playoffs and kept the Mavericks at home for the playoffs. Killens did note that the Mavericks made a valiant effort in a tough district despite being hit hard by injuries in the trenches and in the secondary.
“We set out with a goal to make the playoffs and we came up short,” Killens said. “Honestly, it makes me sick to my stomach.”
“I’ll never make excuses,” Killens said. “But our secondary was young and our best offensive lineman got hurt on the first play of the last game. If we had some of those key guys back, things might have been different.”
In nine games this season Killens put up some impressive numbers with 112 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four sacks, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. Killens however says that he is less concerned with numbers and more concerned about wins and effort.
“I don’t worry about the numbers,” Killens said. “Not to sound cocky, but I’ve always believed that if I go out and give 100 percent that the numbers will take care of themselves.”