Poe Will Be Busy

After a great junior season, Kansas linebacker Jeff Poe's stock is going up. With schools like Princeton, TCU, Boise State, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Colorado, Tulsa, and Tulane all showing interest, Poe will have a very busy senior year.

After a great junior season, Kansas linebacker Jeff Poe's stock is going up. With schools like Princeton, TCU, Boise State, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Colorado, Tulsa, and Tulane all showing interest, Poe will have a very busy senior year.

A 6A All-State Honorable Mention last season for Northwest High School (Wichita, KS), Poe has yet to get any official offers, but feels there are a few schools that are getting very close.

"I think Boise State and Oklahoma State are pretty close to offering me," said Poe to BigPurpleNation.com. "I also really kind of think TCU is as close but I don't know."

Even though he does not have any offers, Poe (6'0, 215 pounds) does have five top schools that he is currently intrested in.

"I have narrowed it down and my top five right now are Princeton, TCU , Tulsa, Oklahoma state, and Boise State."

Earlier this summer, the linebacker was able to visit a couple different schools, but did not get to spend much time at TCU.

"I went down to Tulsa and Oklahoma State and I drove threw the campus at TCU, I didn't really get to stop at TCU because I was going down there for football team camp near Fort Worth…From what I know about it, it's a great school (TCU). They have had a great program as of late. I used to work out with Blaize Foltz up here and he signed there last year and loves it."

After a 112 tackle, 8 forced fumbles, 1 interception, and 4-sack season, Poe is trying to get back to the basics this summer.

"I'm working on speed and strength. You can never have too much of those as far as I'm concerned." Currently the 2009 recruiting is benching 320 pounds and squatting 480. If that is not impressive enough, the linebacker also runs a 4.66 forty.

Described as a playmaker on the field, Poe describes himself to Scout.com earlier this summer as a very versatile football player.

"Being a coaches son I have had to play several positions. As a freshman, I was strong safety, as sophomore I moved to outside linebacker. Last season as a junior I was middle backer and called plays as defensive captain. I contribute my quick lateral movement to years of wrestling."

With many returning starters from a team that went 7-3 last season, there are high expectations for Poe and Northwest High School this year.

"We were pretty young last year; most of the guys that were playing were either juniors or sophomores. This year we should be one of the big contenders in the state. Right now they have us ranked 5th in Class 6A. We should definitely be pretty good."

If TCU does offer down the road, one member of the Poe household could be pushing Jeff to attend. "Because it's a Christian school and I'm catholic my mom really likes it. I think she would like me to go there. I would have to say that I'm a pretty big church guy," stated the linebacker.

Besides for excelling on the football field, the senior is a great student. One team that has told Poe they are interested in him next year is Princeton. Currently the Ivy League school does not give out athletic scholarships and is waiting for Poe's grades to go through the academic process. He should have no trouble qualifying, the last two semesters he has had a 4.0 GPA, and currently holds a 3.9 cumulative.

"I'm looking for a school that can get me somewhere after college. I'm looking for a school that is pretty solid in academics. I can't play football forever," stated the senior prospect.

At this moment, Poe has no timetable on when he would like to make a decision about the next level.

"I'm planning on going through the whole school year and trying to take as many officials as I can. I really want to make sure I make the right decision."

Look for more Jeff Poe updates from BigPurpleNation.com throughout the season.


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