Skyline shows out

DALLAS – Dallas Skyline played their annual spring game at Forester Stadium on Wednesday in front of a number of college coaches, parents and a few hundred fans.

Peter Jinkens

As expected, the skill talent was simply off the charts for the uber-talented 5A program in East Dallas.

Texas commits Thomas Johnson and Peter Jinkens were the key cogs on offense, while the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Jinkens also doubled at outside linebacker.

Future stars at corner Cedric Collins and Will Barrow more than held their own, while a number of talented youngsters in the 2013 and 2014 classes showed promise.

Thomas Johnson, WR, 5-11, 180, 2012
Johnson had a productive game catching nine passes for 121 yards and a first half touchdown. The Texas commit was very explosive in and out of his breaks creating instant separation. His ability to quickly get off the line of scrimmage is impressive along with his ability to adjust to throws low in which reactionary quickness is at a premium. Johnson looked the part of a top 50 type of prospect nationally and is a true slot receiver prospect that could also be special in the punt return game due to his ability to stick a foot in the ground and accelerate with explosive quickness.

Johnson will be part of a potentially special receiver core for Skyline in 2011. Soon to be junior Ra'Shaad Samples (5-10, 170) and 2012 prospect Tre Rabon (6-2, 190) both sat out of the spring game recovering from injury. Samples, the son of Skyline head coach Reginald Samples, already has verbal offers from Texas Tech, Kansas State, SMU and Kansas.

Peter Jinkens, OLB, 6-1, 195, 2012
Jinkens played running back with the first team carrying the ball five times for 50 yards and a touchdown. A stumble on his third carry kept him from breaking off a near 50-yard scoring run. Like Johnson, the Texas commit is blessed with a lot of natural explosive ability and quickness for his size. At linebacker, he showed his ability to quickly pursue the football and mix it up, while still showing some issues properly lining up pre-snap. As is usually the case, Jinkens was easy to find before the game as he has a knack for getting his teammates excited and talking.

Jinkens is one third of an outstanding linebacker crew at Skyline. Inside linebacker Dominic Spencer (5-10, 222, 4.7) continues to be one of the more under recruited prospects at the position statewide. Navy has offered Spencer.

Jinkens will likely share running back duties with 2012 athlete David Greene (5-11, 195) and 2014 prospect Derrick Dixon in 2011. Greene has a verbal offer from UNLV.

Johnson caught over one hundred yards in passes Wednesday

Cedric Collins, CB, 5-9, 165, 2014
Collins and 2013 cornerback Will Barrow will form one of the top duos not only in Texas, but the country in 2011. While both lack ideal height, they are both blessed with impressive quickness and reactive ability with play-finishing ball skills. Collins, in particular, shows a high football IQ and is a slightly bigger body type than Barrow. There is little doubt Collins will be nationally recruited in the 2014 class. He plans to camp at Oklahoma, Texas (June 12) and TCU this summer.

Barrow is a quick, darting corner prospect that excels closing on plays in front of him with burst and acceleration out of a T-step.

Another young defensive back prospect that certainly looked the part Wednesday was Malik Thompson (5-10, 167). The 2013 corner/safety has some natural bounce and reactive quickness about him. He has a chance to be nationally recruited as well.

Isaiah Williams, DE/LB, 6-1, 223, 2013
Williams may end up being a tweener, but he is football player plain and simple. He is blessed with ideal natural strength. Look for Williams to be a key playmaker on the Skyline defense in 2011. SMU has already verbally offered and Williams plans to camp at Kansas State, Texas (June 12), Oklahoma and Baylor this summer among others.

Karick Huggins, DT, 6-4, 272, 2013
Huggins is a very interesting prospect. Blessed with ideal size and impressive arm length, he plays defensive tackle for Skyline, but will likely be evaluated on both sides of the ball at the next level. Like any young player, he has to play with better pad level and work on his lateral quickness, but the baseline skill set and body type are there. Huggins was verbally offered by SMU following Wednesday's spring game.

Jarod Branch was another impressive young defensive line prospect for Skyline. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound defensive end that projects to tackle is a member of the 2014 class.

Victor Evans, WDE, 6-3, 200, 2014
Evans oozes quickness, speed and overall athleticism. Still young and not as physical at the point of attack as he will be as he matures, his ability to run shows up quickly with a desired first step and closing ability. Evans could also see time at tight end for Skyline in 2011. He has run a 50-quarter mile.

Derrick Dixon, RB, 2014
Skyline never has a shortage of young skill players on offense and Dixon looks to be the tops in a talented 2014 class. The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder lined up at running back and slot receiver on Wednesday. He showed impressive hands on a couple of occasions and needs only reps at the varsity level to become a more decisive runner. When he gets comfortable, he has the ability to stick the foot in the ground and quickly work up the field vertically.

Collins will be a nationally recruited cornerback

*College coaches from TCU, Arizona, Purdue, SMU, Rice and Texas-San Antonio were in attendance.

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