2010 blue-chipper visits Texas A&M

It's never too early to start talking about a rising prospect in this era of early recruiting. That's why 2010 linebacker Kurt Killens is already making unofficial visits, including a trip to College Station for the Maroon & White game. Aggie Websider visits with Killens.

In this era of recruiting, it's never too early to talk about a rising prospect and it's never too early for the Texas A&M coaching staff to identify future recruits that will help them replenish the defensive pipeline. One such promising athlete is linebacker Kurt Killens from Round Rock McNeil who was one of several sophomores to be invited and attend the Texas A&M spring game.

The Class of 2010 prospect had an impressive sophomore campaign registering 102 tackles, two forced fumbles, and interception and a touchdown. His natural playmaking skills combined with his 6-foot-2.5", 203-pound frame and 4.61 speed is attracting early interest from several in-state schools.

"We've heard from Texas A&M, Texas, Texas Tech, and Missouri," Killens said. "I was invited up for Texas A&M's spring game, so I went up there with my dad. I think some other schools have been contacting my coach also."

Killens is a versatile athlete, playing power forward on his school's varsity team among many activities that has helped with his footwork and agility. However, it's his abilities on the football field that will likely find him playing at the next level when he graduates high school in two years.

"I feel like I'm a natural football player. I have an eye for the ball and I like to lay the wood," Killens said. "I take pride in my tackling and I've worked with my father on my technique over the years. I also think I have pretty good speed and that helps me pursue the ball sideline-to-sideline and cover the flats."

Despite only being a sophomore, Killens and his family realize that the recruiting process starts early and while there's still plenty of time to narrow down his school choices over the next year, it's never too soon to start visiting campuses and getting familiar with the programs in the area.

"It was great to come down and check out Texas A&M," Killens said. "I had been down there for a 7-on-7 tournament, but that's it. I really enjoyed the visit. I was impressed by the facilities and I liked how involved the student body is with everything."

The Round Rock native also had a chance to meet the Texas A&M staff for the first time and learn more about what they are looking for in terms of players for the future.

"I had a chance to talk with some of their recruiting staff, Kirk Elder and Shane Elder," Killens said. "I spoke with Coach Kines (defensive coordinator) before the game. He said he had seen my film and he'd like to see me down there."

Even though Killens has made a big splash as a sophomore that has already attracted the attention of college coaches, he also realizes that he must continue to develop and improve as a player and he's working hard to get better.

"I'm really working to improve my sideline-to-sideline speed. I think it's pretty good, but it needs to get better," Killens said. "I'm also working on my film study. I want to be able to read what's happening on the field and react quicker."

While 2010 seems a long way off, Killens is certainly positioning himself to be one of the top linebacker prospects in the state of Texas, and the Aggies among other programs are already positioning themselves to seriously recruit the blue chipper in the not-so-distant future.

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