Texas Trio: Outside Linebackers

The state of Texas has a strong group of run-and-hit athletes in the Class of 2012. Read below to find out more about the Lone Star State's outside linebackers.

1) Peter Jinkens, Dallas Skyline (Texas)

Jinkens fits the mold of what teams look for in a linebacker capable of defending the spread. He's a fantastic run-and-bend athlete, someone who can change directions like a running back and run with some receivers. Jinkens has enough athleticism to potentially play safety, though outside linebacker is his best fit once he adds a bit more bulk. He's a better athlete than football player at this point, but the tools are all there. Once he receives some polish as a player, he'll be tough to keep off the field.

2) Brian Nance, Euless Trinity (undecided)

Arguably the most versatile linebacker in the Texas class of 2012, Nance is an outside linebacker type who could well wind up on the inside at the next level. Right now, he's recovering from a torn ACL, but when healthy, he's a mashing hitter who can run, and has a wonderful frame at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. He's long enough that he could play at 235 at the college level, and whether he's inside or outside, he'll make an impact.

3) Jordan Richmond, Denton Ryan (Texas A&M)

Richmond operates somewhat under the radar because he plays on the same defense as five-star defensive end Mario Edwards and Texas commitment Alex De La Torre at middle linebacker. But don't sleep on Richmond: he's an athletic outside backer who's already 220 pounds. He's a sideline-to-sideline type who plays downhill, but his tackling could use a a bit of work.

Watch out for …

Richland's Jeremiah Tshimanga could wind up at defensive end at Oklahoma State because he's a strong pass-rusher with great size and nice straight-lined speed. And while Texas A&M commitment Troy Green of Brenham is listed as a running back commitment, don't be shocked if he winds up on the defensive side of the ball. He's an athletic and physical linebacker prospect.

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