Signing day update: LB Peter Jinkens

February, 1, 2012
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Linebacker Peter Jinkens (Dallas/Skyline) has sent in his letter of intent to Texas.

Jinkens (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) is a four-star recruit rated as the No. 5 outside linebacker in the nation and 57th on the ESPNU 150.

He has been committed to the Longhorns since Feb. 26, 2011, and chose Texas over offers from Texas A&M, Florida, Michigan, Baylor, Texas Tech, Iowa, and Kansas State.

Jinkens is one of four linebackers in this 2012 recruiting class along with Tim Cole (Brenham, Texas/Brenham), Alex De La Torre (Denton, Texas/Ryan) and Dalton Santos (Van, Texas/Van).

As a senior at Skyline, the Under Armour All-American racked up 90 tackles (16 for loss), five sacks and four forced fumbles.

Scouts take: This is a tough customer who moves through traffic well showing very good lateral pursuit ability. It appears that this prospect has the quickness and balance to be effective as an edge rusher and in time his ability to play in space should prove beneficial in coverage. This athlete is never out of a play; his athleticism and instincts continually get him to the football. This is a prospect that very early on in his career should develop into an every down player.

Importance to class: Very important. Jinkens joins a Texas linebacking corps that loses seniors Keenan Robinson and Emmanuel Acho. Without them, it’s one of the more inexperienced units of the 2012 Longhorns, so UT coaches went out and locked up four linebackers for this class.

How soon he can make an impact? Projected starters Steve Edmond and Demarco Cobbs are talented but have a combined zero career starts between them. Jinkens is the kind of aggressive playmaker who can get on the field immediately and provide needed depth if he puts in the work.

Max Olson | email

Texas/Big 12 reporter

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