In an attempt to add some depth at the quarterback position, the Texas Longhorns have added Blinn College quarterback Logan Vinklarek as a preferred walk on, according to a report from Horn Sports that was later confirmed by 247Sports.
The 6'2, 220-pounder is an Austin native who attended high school at La Grange, where he was first-team All-District in 2010 and the District MVP in 2012. He also helped lead the La Grange baseball team to the 3A state championship, where he was named the MVP.
Mostly unrecruited out of high school, his Scout profile does not seem to report any offers out of La Grange, prompting Vinklarek to enroll at Blinn. While there, he backed up former Pearland Dawson quarterback Gary Kimble for most of the season, appearing in six games and attempting 65 passes, of which he completed 35 (53.8%) for 485 yards, three touchdowns, and four interceptions -- mostly unremarkable numbers for a player who didn't add much on the ground.
In high school, Vinklarek had some trouble hitting his receivers in stride on his passes down the field, but appeared to do a better job of that in limited reps at Blinn. While at La Grange, his best attribute was probably his ability to stride hard into throws and generate significant power from his lower body, where his baseball background became apparent. Throwing on the run was also a strength.
At Blinn, the highlights are much more limited due to his limited snaps. He did evidence some touch on both short fade routes in the end zone and balls that had to clear underneath defenders, as well as some pocket presence to create time to make plays down the field. The speed option was a part of the game plan at Blinn, but since Vinklarek is an average athlete, he's certainly not a true dual threat.
The odds of Vinklarek ever seeing the field during a game in Austin aren't particularly high, as no walk ons at the position have played in recent years and Trey Holtz, the walk-on quarterback who has been in the program for several years, still has two seasons of eligibility remaining. As a member of the 2013 class, Vinklarek should have four years to play three seasons, assuming that he was a full qualifier out of high school.
Texas had previously considered adding former Houston quarterback Bram Kohlhausen as a walk on, but those plans fell through, as did the attempts to get USC Trojans graduate transfer quarterback Max Wittek on campus for the start of the summer session. Wittek reportedly did not pass the classes necessarily to graduate in May and will have to drop down a level or lose a season of eligibility.