Colorado Linebacker Favors Two Pac-10 Schools

Kris Means, a linebacker from Grand Junction (Col.) attended the Sun Devils junior camp earlier this week. In an interview with Devils Digest, he shared his thoughts about that experience and being recruited by Arizona State.

"It was a lot fun," said the 6-0 211 Kris Means of the ASU camp. "I worked with the coaches and learned quite a bit. Overall, it was a good camp." Means stayed in Tempe and participated in the first two days of the three-day camp which followed the one-day session this past Sunday.

Means is being recruited as linebacker, which gave him the opportunity to work with Sun Devils defensive coordinator Bill Miller. "I liked him a lot," he remarked. "He'll joke around with you, but also push you hard where you need to go. He likes to have fun when he coaches."

The Grand Junction standout who grew up in Tucson, said that he visited ASU's campus for the first time "back in the first grade." Needless to say, that the campus looked quite different 11 or so years later. "My dad used to go to ASU to visit," he commented, "and we both had fun just walking around campus during our unofficial visit. I liked the whole atmosphere a lot."

Colorado State is the only school to offer the linebacker until now, but he feels that ASU "is leaning towards offering me." He does list ASU and UCLA as his top two schools. "Colorado State is third. If ASU offered me now, I'd be tempted to commit. But I'd probably want to wait until July to make that decision. You really have to think about it, because that's where you're gonna be the next five years of your life. But ASU is very high on my list, and I have a lot of family that lives in Arizona."

During his junior year, he had 145 tackles and eight sacks and rushed for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns on 124 carries. He was named first team all-state at linebacker and first team all-conference at running back and linebacker. "I'm a pretty good run coverage linebacker," he said of his skills, "and I need to work on man and zone coverage."

Even though he hasn't been flooded with offers, he would like to end his recruiting during the summer. "I'd like to commit before the season starts," Means stated. "But it isn't the end of the world if I have to wait. I just want to choose a place that I feel that I can be happy and fit in. It has to be a place where I feel that I can get along with everyone for five years."

With a 3.84 GPA and test scores of 30 in the ACT and 1150 in the SAT, Means has already academically qualified. "I'd like to major in Chemical Engineering and ASU has a good school for that," he said. "My chemistry teacher actually graduated from ASU, and he told me about the program."

And just maybe the chemistry between Kris Means and ASU will net a scholarship offer, and ultimately a commitment.

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