Saddleback DE Taking Visit

Teams are constantly looking for a player to get quick pressure off the edge and one of the best in the country this year was Saddleback DE Jake Killeen (6-4, 230). He might be small for his position, but he makes up for that with all-out hustle and the knack for always being around the ball.

"I think I'm pretty much a speed-guy, but I can bull-rush too if I need to," Killeen told recently. "I led the conference in sacks this year and I had a lot of tackles for loss.

"The best thing I do is I use my speed to track down guys from behind when the play goes away from me."

Killeen sports an impressive 4.48 forty time, a 325-pound max on the bench and a 36-inch vertical leap.

"Up until this year I was always a linebacker so it was tough just keeping weight on and stuff like that," Killeen said. "This year the coaches said they think I would be better at defensive end because my aggressiveness could hurt me at linebacker with over-pursuit, but at defensive end I really wouldn't get into trouble being really aggressive.

"I had to work really hard on reading different keys and to use my hands a little bit better and that's something I've improved on this year."

Killeen prepped at Reno High School in Reno, Nevada and was a full-qualifier but didn't receive any offers after his senior season.

"I walked on at (Nevada) and played there for a year," Killeen recalled. "I didn't really think I would get a scholarship there so I decided to leave and a transfer from Saddleback (DE Jay Dixon) started telling me about how great of a program they have here so I decided to leave and I'm really happy with my decision."

As a redshirt sophomore at Saddleback, Killeen posted 7.5 sacks, 63 tackles and 16 tackles-for-loss and now he's ready to focus on recruiting and where he'll spend the next two years of his life.

"I was in the right place at the right time with one of the schools recruiting me," Killeen said with a laugh. "Buffalo was here scouting another player and they saw me at school so they asked me what my number was and then they saw my film and said they really liked me a lot.

"When I got home the defensive line coach called me and said he loved my tape and he wanted to come over and talk to me. So he did and he said he talked about me to the head coach and that they wanted me to visit so I'm heading up there on (December) 14th to check them out."

Also close to offering are Southeast Missouri and Charleston Southern who Killeen said he may visit soon as well. Another school who may pick things up after a new staff is hired is Idaho who was close to offering before head coach Dennis Erickson took the job at Arizona State.

"I'll call them next week and see what's up, but right now nothing is going on with them," Killeen said. "I graduate here in a couple of days so I want to sign early if I can."

Killeen will have two years to play two and plans to major in Secondary Education.

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