2006 Recruiting: Kris Means

The 6-1, 215-pound linebacker prospect from Colorado, <b>Kris Means</b>, could be one of the best in the west for 2006. He has some early college favorites...

Colorado's top linebacker recruit for the class of 2006 could be Grand Junction (Colo.) High's Kris Means (6-1, 215).

For most of the 2004 season, Means was the state's leading tackler, but a missed playoff opportunity allowed two other's to pass him up.

"I was leading for the whole year, but because we didn't go to the playoffs, some other guys were able to pass me," said Means.

On the year, Means totaled 142 tackles in only 10 games, and also had 8 sacks.

Offensively, his numbers were just as impressive, with Means rushing for 1,149 yards and 12 touchdowns and averaging 9.4 yards per carry.

But Means' future is on defense and he is hoping to stay inside for college. "My freshman year I played outside, but I prefer playing inside," said Means.

Means is hearing from Colorado, Nebraska and Oregon the most, and has also heard from UCLA, Arizona State and Arizona.

His favorite at this time is Colorado, but he grew up rooting for UCLA. "I always likef UCLA. My head coach knows their defensive coordinator (Larry Kerr) really well," said Means.

Means participated at the Scout Army Combine in San Antonio, and felt his performance was pretty good. "I ran the best forty time I've recorded (4.63), but I know by the Nike Camp's I can get that up. I do track, mainly shot-put, but I'm working with our speed coach to get faster," said Means.

He will attend the Nike Camp in Los Angeles in April as well as Colorado, Arizona and Arizona State team camps.

As of now, with no offers yet, Means said he will go through the summer and see what offers he garners, but would like to make a decision by the time the season starts. "I want to decide before we start because I want to be able to focus on my senior year," said Means.

An excellent student, Means is already qualified with a 3.8 GPA and a 1150 SAT score. He also took the ACT earlier this month.

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