Football Recruiting

Texas Keeping an Eye on Local Linebacker

On Sunday, a host of 2010 prospects were in Austin for a Texas camp, including a talented local product who the Longhorns have already starting recruiting in Round Rock McNeil linebacker Kurt Killens.
At the start of Sunday’s camp, the roughly 200 prospects in attendance were told by coaches that the Longhorns are keeping a watch on high school players earlier than ever before. The recruitment of those prospects is also happening earlier than before and one of those players is Kurt Killens.

The 6-3, 205-pound linebacker from nearby Round Rock McNeil has been interested in the Horns and apparently that interest is mutual. Before the camp, Killens was pulled aside by Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis, who is responsible for recruiting the Austin area. Davis let Killens know that he and the other Texas coaches will be dropping by McNeil in the future to watch him play and then introduced Killens to Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who also personally expressed his interest in following the rest of the linebacker’s high school career.

“They told me they were definitely looking forward to recruiting me,” Killens told Inside Texas.

Killens rejoined the prospects and it was out onto the practice field for individual workouts and one-on-one drills. Killens enjoyed his personal meeting with Muschamp and really enjoyed working with him in drills. What immediately stood out was the intensity the Texas D-coordinator exhibited, even though Killens anticipates it was less than what a Longhorn player sees.

“Coach Muschamp is pretty intense,” said Killens. “He was intense at the camp, but I could tell he was holding back at bit.”

Killens said he learned a great deal from the Texas coaches and was happy with his performance in drills. However, there was no question who the best player at the camp was. According to Killens, a friend of his out-performed everybody in attendance by a wide margin.

Temple running back Lache Seastrunk, who is one of the Longhorns’ top priorities — if not the top priority — for 2010, was in Austin on Sunday for the camp and put on a show.

“Lache, he was toying with people,” said Killens. “Everybody who went up against him got burnt. Everybody.”

Killens was disappointed he wasn’t able to take a shot at stopping the Temple runner, but said each of the linebackers who did get the opportunity were left in the dust by Seastunk. Killens also noted that at times Seastrunk “wasn’t even trying” and was still flying past anyone he faced.

All-in-all, Killens called the event a very successful day and came away pleased with the experience.

“I was pretty impressed,” said Killens. “It’s the only camp I’ve been to, so I don’t have another to compare it to, but it was still pretty impressive. I got to see the facilities, like the Centennial Room, and it was a real eye-opener. It was good to get the privilege and get the privilege to learn from the coaches.”

Killens’ early top five schools are Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Florida and Alabama. He’s still got quite a few visits in front of him, but the Longhorns have already put themselves in strong position to land the talented local product for the class of 2010.

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