Recruiting: Houston Area LB Rising

This week, linebacker Kellen Jones of Houston (St. Pius X), Texas, is on spring break, but last week he was doing some traveling. The 6-1, 210-pound standout hit the road to two of his favorite schools, Colorado and Oklahoma State.

"I went because I wanted to see the environment," said Jones. "It's important to see if they are places where I'm going to fit and if it is right for me.

"Colorado was great and the tradition and Coach (Brian) Cabral with him playing there and then playing for the '85 Bears and having such a great career. I love the way the coaches there stress academics because football doesn't always work out. The coaches were so positive and I got to see them practice and I got to watch film. Colorado was great," Jones added.

"At Oklahoma State, they were on spring break and the coaches were gone but a graduate assistant, Luke (Paschall), showed me around and I got to see everything," continued Jones. "The facilities are out of this world. They are great. The weight room, the biggest in college football, and then the field.

"The way they have professional chefs that can cook anything you want and even have that where you can bring recipes from home and then you're not homesick. Coach Luke told me all about that."

Jones is very interested in academics and said he plans on majoring in both mathmatics and engineering. "I want to double major in both those," said Jones. "I am really interested in both math and engineering."

Jones also said he doesn't have a timetable for his recruitment. "I want to visit a lot of schools," he said. "I am definitely going back to Oklahoma State and I want to spend time with the coaches there and get to know them. I want to see Kansas State and check out their campus.

"This summer I may go visit Georgia Tech and also see Georgia. Right now my schools are Arkansas, Missouri, Purdue, and Oklahoma State. Oh, and Colorado too. I would say there is a good chance that I won't commit until after my senior season."

Jones is a standout athlete that played basketball as a freshman and a sophomore but now concentrates on football. He runs a 4.68 in the forty and just tested with a 310-pound bench press and a 500-pound squat.

Last season he finished with 75 tackles in nine games played. He also had 22 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles, 3 fumbles recovered, an interception, a safety, and six sacks. Also getting the attention of college coaches are his six blocked kicks, four punts and two field goals.

Right now, Jones is actually on his spring break but will get back to the offseason program before St. Pius X begins spring practice the last week of April.

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