A three-year starter at La Grange High School who took visits to Rice, Houston and Louisiana Tech before enrolling at Blinn last fall, Vinklarek (6-2, 220) will have three years of eligibility at Texas. He was admitted into UT Tuesday morning. He will start summer workouts with the team on Wednesday.
Vinklarek said he reached out to Texas receivers coach Les Koenning (after being encouraged by a Blinn assistant coach who knows Koenning) about the idea of walking on at Texas.
He said he called Koenning twice and didn't get a returned call. But the third time was the charm.
After a phone conversation with Koenning, Vinklarek traveled to Austin and met with Koenning and Texas QB coach Shawn Watson. Vinklarek said he spent most of his time recently with UT's football academic support staff making sure he qualified to enroll.
"Texas has always been the school I wanted to go to for academics," Vinklarek said. "I want to study engineering. "So now to get the chance to be on the football team with a chance to compete - it's just a great opportunity for me to continue to play football. Texas has talented players at quarterback already, so nothing is going to be given by any means.
"I just think it's a real good opportunity for me, because they are looking to build some depth at quarterback."
He said even though Blinn ran an option offense last season, a chronically weak ankle limits him somewhat as a runner.
"My ankle gives out on me a little bit every now and then," Vinklarek said. "It's just always been kind of weak. But I tape it up and support it, and it's no problem."
Vinklarek said he prefers to throw the football, adding his best year at La Grange was his sophomore season, when he said he threw for 2,200 yards with 23 TDs and 12 INTs in 10 games.
He said a talented group of receivers moved on after that season, so his passing numbers dropped off as La Grange ran the ball more in his junior and senior seasons.
Vinklarek knows the speed of the game is about to ramp up considerably at Texas.
"The speed of the game jumped up at the junior college level," he said. "So I'm glad I have that experience coming in."
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