High School: Peter Jinkens

ESPNDallas.com gets ready for the start of the high school football season by unveiling its preseason rankings, one spot at a time:


2010 Record: 9-3

Predicted 2011 regular-season record: 9-1

ESPNDallas.com spring ranking: No. 3

Peter Jinkens & Thomas Johnson
Courtesy of Davide De PasLinebacker Peter Jinkens (left) and receiver Thomas Johnson, both Texas commits, give Skyline star power on both sides of the ball.
Division I commits: WR Thomas Johnson (Texas); LB Peter Jinkens (Texas)

Why they’re here: Skyline is one of the most talented all-around teams in the area -- or country, for that matter -- and will have a chance to prove it.

Coach Reginald Samples has scheduled a small taste of America before Skyline begins district play, facing Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway and Florida powerhouse Cocoa. Top-notch performances against these teams would not only help propel Skyline toward a Texas state title, but perhaps win over voters for a national title.

Skyline has FBS talent throughout both the offense and the defense, but LB Jinkens is the standout. He leads another speedy and athletic defense that will have no trouble shutting down opposing offenses, especially the ground game.

Holes to fill: Skyline really has no glaring holes going into the 2011 season, but the Raiders need to get off to a better start on offense then they did last year.

In his first year as a starter last season, QB Devonte Kincade needed several games to find a rhythm, and the offense never reached its full potential after suffering several injuries. If Kincade and the offense can hit the ground running and make it through a tough predistrict schedule, Skyline could be on its way to a state title.

Key game: at Dallas Jesuit, Oct. 7

Top OLB recruits, including Skyline's Jinkens

June, 24, 2011

ESPN Recruiting analyst Billy Tucker takes a look at the top outside linebacker prospects of 2012, including Skyline's Peter Jinkens.

Here's a snippet of the report on Jinkens:
Jinkens is perhaps the outside linebacker prospect with the best chance to move up our board next fall with a big senior season and continued physical development. He took a lot of snaps at tailback last year due to Skyline's injuries in the backfield and showed his great athleticism, speed and versatility. As a true linebacker he has the wiry strength to shed blockers at the point and lateral agility and range to chase backs down to the sideline. Still lean with a lot of room for growth, this is the type of quick-twitch linebacker that should pack on the bulk without losing a step.

To read more about the top OLB prospects of 2012, click here.

ESPN Recruiting has released its annual ESPNU 150, the nation's top 150 recruits. No more watch lists. No more guesses. The list can shift, but here's how the full list looks.

Committments are non-binding, and players won't be able to sign letters of intent until next February, but upon the list's release today, here's who is committed where:

And which players are committed where in the Big 12.

Texas (9 of 17 commits)
Texas A&M (3 of 22 commits)
Oklahoma (2 of 7 commits)
Texas Tech (2 of 8 commits)
Oklahoma State (1 of 6 commits)
Notes from the group:
  • Texas' nine commits are the most in the nation, leading Florida State (7) and Alabama (6). Texas A&M, with its three commits, is tied for seventh-most in the nation.
  • Oklahoma and Texas Tech's two commits have them tied for 12th most.
  • Of the ESPNU 150, 82 still remain uncommitted with about eight months to go before signing day.
  • Counting up the members of the list by state, Florida leads the way with 28 natives. Twenty of the players on the list call Texas home.
  • Six positions had more than 10 players on the list. Offensive tackles (21) were the largest group, followed by athletes and receivers (19), defensive tackles (16), defensive ends (14) and outside linebackers (11).