Kyle Jensen signs to play at Tyler College

Dani Birky

Student Intern

East Linn Christian Academy student and Sweet Home High School football player Kyle Jensen has signed a letter of intent to play football at Tyler Community College in Texas, with the hopes of moving on to Southern Methodist University.

Jensen, 18, a 6-5, 315-pound defensive tackle, was named an all-Capital Conference and All-State first teamer last fall after the Huskies’ run to the 3A semifinals.

“Kyle is an outstanding young man, with great character and strong morals,” said Sweet Home football coach Rob Younger. “[He is] one of the most improved players on last year’s team.”

“[He] has a good work ethic, and is a great team player.”

Jensen said it was family ties that drew him to Texas.

“I have an uncle in Texas and he wanted to send my tape to Southern Methodist University, because my cousin plays there,” he said. SMU sent the tape to Tyler, which acts as a feeder program for SMU. Kansas was also interested in recruiting Jensen, but he said he had his eyes set on Texas.

Jensen said he is aiming for a business degree in college.

Though he attends East Linn in Lebanon, Jensen was able to play for Sweet Home because East Linn does not have a football team. Younger said the arrangement involved some complications and required some extra effort on Jensen’s part.

“Kyle made the commitment to our football program and this made the sacrifices necessary,” he said. “[Kyle was] present at all the team meetings and practices.”

Younger said Jensen’s football career can only go up from here.

“Kyle’s best football is in front of him,” he said.l “He will continue to develop into a major college football player.”

Jensen said he was welcomed by his Sweet Home teammates, even though he attended another school.

“The guys in Sweet Home were really (accepting) and fun to be around,” he said.