2010 Texas Target Off to a Fast Start

Round Rock McNeil's Kurt Killens, one of the top linebackers in the state of Texas for the class of 2010, has already racked up 40 tackles in just three games this season, which is one of the reasons the Longhorns have kept a close eye on him. Killens talked with Inside Texas about recruiting and his visit to Texas for the Arkansas game.

After just three games, the stat line for Kurt Killens reads as follows:

40 tackles (17 solo, 20 assists, 3 TFL)
2 forced fumbles
2 fumble recoveries

When Killens visited Texas for the Rice game, he was told by Will Muschamp that the Texas defensive coordinator would be keeping an eye on him. Up to this point, Muschamp has to be very pleased with what he's seen.

Killens made the short drive back down to Austin this past weekend for the Arkansas game, where he saw the Longhorns crush the visitors, 52-10.

"It was a beat down," said Killens. "I had a blast."

He especially enjoyed seeing his former McNeil teammate, Texas freshman cornerback Aaron Williams, take an interception 81 yards for a touchdown. But what really caught Killens' eye was the reason for the pick. Senior defensive tackle Aaron Lewis flew through the line and crushed Arkansas backup quarterback Tyler Wilson, causing the ball to flutter into Williams' hands. Killens told Inside Texas that what stood out to him from Texas' win over Arkansas, even more so than when he watch the win over Rice, was the aggressiveness of the Texas defense.

"I was a lot more impressed. The defense hit a lot harder and pursued the ball really well," said Killens.

He noted after first seeing Muschamp's defense in person that it's a very different system and his role would be very different in the Texas D than it is in high school. But even though it's a different system, Killens said he could see himself playing in it.

"Definitely. It's really cool how (the Longhorns) disguise formations and blitzes," said Killens.

But Texas is not the only school Killens is considering. He's got family spread out all over the country and plans on taking a lot of visits as the recruiting process continues. However, most of his focus is on the south. When asked about his top schools, Killens said he has a definitive top four of Texas, LSU, Texas A&M and Florida and will probably add another SEC school "like Ole Miss or Alabama" to round out his top five.

Killens is considering a trip to see the LSU-Georgia game, but still plans on seeing more UT games as the recruiting process continues.

Last season for McNeil, Killens put up 103 tackles, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and one interception. He holds a 3.2 GPA in school.

IT-TV: Killens' Highlights From Last Season: Watch Video

Also see: Members Only: List of Recruits at the Arkansas Game

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