Keaun Kinner had a nice season as a junior, rushing for 1,209 yards and 18 touchdowns. But that didn't lead to increased attention for the Little Elm back. So he went to work.
"I trained all summer, I was basically ready," Kinner said. "I couldn't wait."
That effort led to a monster 2,929-yard, 28-touchdown season as Kinner led Little Elm into the first round of the playoffs, where they fell to Mesquite Poteet. But way prior to that, college recruiters began to take notice.
"At that first game, I had 400 yards [against Sherman]," Kinner said. "I guess I wasn't on the radar last year. But now I am."
"Coach Wyatt visited my school," Kinner said. "He's cool. I liked him. He's really straight-forward.
"Texas is my favorite school," Kinner said. "That's always been my favorite school."
Now, whether Kinner gets an offer from the Longhorns depends on what he does off the field.
The senior running back still has to achieve the requisite test scores to make it to Austin, and he said that he was told that if he hits those marks, the Longhorns would go ahead and offer. If not, Kinner said he would be headed to junior college.
Kinner will take the SAT on Jan. 28th, then will turn around and take the ACT on Feb. 9.
"I've been doing ACT and SAT tutoring," Kinner said. "So I should be good."
If he achieves the scores he needs, and if Texas then offers, would Kinner accept the offer and commit?
"Yes," Kinner said. "That would be my first choice."