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Texas Recruiting 2012: Linebacker Big Board Update

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Needs -- Two or three

Name School JD invite? Offer?

Commitment/ odds


Quick take
Peter Jinkens
Dallas Skyline
Feb. 26
Highly likely
  • Texas
  • Florida
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas A&M

2/25: Was not able to make JD1. No longer has a committable offer to A&M. Said that Texas could be in the lead if they offer this weekend, as expected. Commitment of Thomas Johnson probably helps the Longhorns.

2/11: Off the charts athletically, Jinkens is considered raw prospect, as he spent much of junior season at RB. Natural striker with fantastic lateral quickness and short-area burst. Video 1 and 2. Offer from Muschamp tells you everything you need to know about Jinkens. Must have. Skyline connections help both Texas and Oklahoma.

Tim Cole
Feb. 13/Feb. 26
  • Texas
  • Texas A&M

2/25: Making his third visit in less than a month to Texas. In town for the FBU camp. Still expected to commit to A&M in March.

2/11: Drew comparison to Aaron Benson from's Jeff Howe. Good athlete, solid striker, and known as smart, instinctive player. Video. Higher on Texas than teammate Malcolm Brown. Visited Austin in late January. Will likely make spring commitment.

Alex De la Torre
Denton Ryan
Feb. 13

Committed to Texas  (2/12/11)


  • Texas

2/25: Instant analysis and scouting report.

2/11: Son of the Denton Ryan head coach. Smart, tough football player. Only 6-0 tall, 220 pounds. Average athlete. Second-best LB on his team. Would commit on spot if offered. Does not currently report any offers.

Glynn Cheeks
Feb. 26
Unlikely N/A
  • Texas
  • Missouri
  • Texas A&M
  • UTSA

2/25: Dropped from the DE Big Board and added to the LB Big Board because colleges are recruiting him as an OLB. Has speed to play position.

2/15: Like his teammate, Cheeks surfaced on radar with news of Junior Day invite. 6-3, 205. Not quite as quick as Johnson, but shows strong ability to read and react by disrupting pass lanes and diagnosing screens. Takes a couple steps to reach top speed. Can re-direct to make plays. Smart player. Video


Moving forward -- It's a big weekend for the recruitments of both Cole and Jinkens. Cole is in town once again with close friend Malcom Brown in tow, though the fact that both are coming for the FBU camp dampens optimism that Texas has a serious chance with either, especially since both made yet another visit to College Station for the basketball game earlier this week. Cole is still considered a heavy A&M lean, but has not publicly named favorites.

It's also a big weekend for Jinkens, who has already had some ups and downs in his recruitment. Any rumors of having a handler appear to have died down and it looks like Texas could take the lead with him due to the commitment of his teammate Thomas Johnson and due to A&M telling him that he no longer has a committable offer, apparently due to being full at the position, with a final spot held for Tim Cole. In other words, the Aggies seem pretty confident that the Brenham linebacker will join his high school teammates in College Station. There's also an outside shot that Jinkens could commit this weekend, but Florida still seems to remain a player in this one.