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Editor's note: Before Texas' 2012 recruiting class arrives on campus, HornsNation will talk with each of the incoming freshman one more time before their college careers begin.
May 27th is the day that Peter "It's Showtime" Jinkens makes his way to Austin to begin his career as a Longhorn.
For the longest time he thought he'd be making the trip with his teammate, and fellow Under Armour All-American, Thomas Johnson. But that won't be the case as Johnson opted to decommit from Texas and sign with Texas A&M.
Did Johnson's decision affect his decision to become a Longhorn at all? HornsNation caught up with the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Jinkens to find out that answer and more.
HornsNation: Looking back, why did you choose Texas over offers from Florida, Michigan, Texas A&M, etc.?
Peter Jinkens: I've been dreaming of going to Texas since I was six years old. It was the best opportunity for me. I couldn't pass it up.
HN: Did you ever second-guess your commitment to Texas once Johnson de-committed and picked Texas A&M?
PJ: Not at all. Texas was where my heart was from start to finish.
HN: What did you think about him choosing the Aggies?
PJ: I think he made the best choice for himself. I'm proud of him and I think he will do a lot of good things over there.
HN: Skyline head coach Reginald Samples told me that you could have been one of the state's best running backs if you would have stayed on that side of the ball at Skyline. Do you agree?
PJ: I don't really know. I thought I was just OK. I really don't think I would have been one of the best but I think I would have been alright.
HN: One of the knocks on you is your size. People say that you might be a little too small, too lean to play linebacker at the next level. What do you say to those that think this way?
PJ: I really don't know what to say. If that's how they feel, like, there is no better thing than proving people wrong. I've been told that I'm too small to play linebacker forever but I don't think about that too much. I just go in and let my play do the talking.
HN: How is the Bennie Wylie workout system going? How hard is it and have you seen your body improve from it?
PJ: Oh man it's pretty intense. He sends texts messages everyday on what the players are doing. I've been trying to do it on my own but it's pretty hard when you don't have the push behind you. I know I can do it when I get a feel for the real workout. I've gained at least 10 pounds now. I'm at 205 pounds.
HN: The Longhorns lost their top two linebackers from last season to the NFL, and will replace them with three young but promising players. How do you see yourself fitting in with the rest of the linebackers?
PJ: My mindset is to compete. I'm down there for a job. If the person in front of me is not on their game I'm going to sneak up in there and take their spot.
HN: One of the better rivalries in the state over the past few seasons has been Skyline vs. DeSoto. Describe how intense those games were and has that had any negative affect on your relationship with your future teammates from DeSoto, Bryson Echols and Curtis Riser?
PJ: Oh no. That's just football related. Outside of football they are both cool guys. We talk and everything. But when we put on the pads and are on opposite sides, I don't even know them.
HN: What most excites you about getting down to Austin and starting your career as a Longhorn?
PJ: The most exciting thing is being coached by Manny Diaz. I hear he is a great linebackers coach and I like his scheme. I think I will fit in well with it. He is really enthusiastic about the game and is real passionate about football. He is like a big brother. He's going to push you to make you do better.
Incoming freshman LB Peter Jinkens talks about his close relationship with Thomas Johnson who decommitted from Texas.