But UT isn't the only school that's taken notice. The 6-3, 205-pound Killens has received letters from roughly a dozen places, including Texas, Florida, Baylor, TCU, Ole Miss, Iowa State and Princeton. He's received a lot of early attention from a wide variety of universities, but one of the schools he's most interested is quite nearby.
"Growing up around Austin, I've always been interested in Texas," said Killens
That interest is apparently reciprocal, as Texas coaches have stayed in contact with the local product and will meet him in person on the 15th.
While he is strongly interested in the Horns, Killens told Inside Texas he's going to be very open about the recruiting process and give each school a look. However, there are five that have stood out to him at this early juncture: Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Florida and Alabama.
Killens is certainly not limiting his search to the state of Texas. One of the reasons is his family history. He may be from Central Texas, but he's got connections from the country, including out west in California, where his family moved to Round Rock from, and back east, with his extended family in Alabama -- which is one of the reasons the Tide are in his early top five.
Killens is young and he's got a long time before he has to make a decision, but on the field he's already begun to show what a college team will be getting in the McNeil product. His game tape shows he's an aggressive hitter and Killens summed up his greatest strength very succinctly: "Intensity."
That intensity has also begun to emerge in his leadership, which he is beginning to develop. He intentionally tempered his vocal energy this past season because of all the upperclassmen on varsity, instead working to lead by example. But Killens said he'll get to talking on the field because of his intense nature.
"This past year I didn't talk as much. I was just a sophomore, so I didn't want to go about it in a cocky manner and instead I tried to lead by example. But when it's when its game-night, I get going," said Killens.
He played well last year, putting up 103 tackles, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and one interception for McNeil, but there's always room for improvement. Killens told IT he'd like to continue to develop his skills, improve his ability to read offenses and learn how to breakdown game film even better.
Killens' improvement will be all the more important because McNeil is losing a Parade All-American. This fall, former McNeil defensive back Aaron Williams will suit up for the Texas Longhorns. Killens has spoken with Williams about his decision to play his collegiate football in Austin and the conversations have been all positive.
"He seemed to really like everything. All I've heard from him about Texas is good," said Killens.
Killens will get a chance to check out Texas for himself at the camp on the 15th. He'll also get to work with UT coaches on his game and try to break his personal best of a 4.57 in the 40. After the Longhorn camp, Killens plans to attend a Texas A&M camp in July.
A great deal of the attention he's received from colleges is for his on the field exploits, but he's also done well off it, holding a GPA of 3.2. Away from the game, he spends much of his time practicing with his guitar, which, according to Killens, he's gotten quite good at.
"I'd like to think I'm good, but, you know, I'm biased," said Killens.
Signing Day 2010 is still a long ways away, but Killens has already shown he's the kind of prospect whose verbal commitment would be music to any fan's ears.
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