It probably comes as no surprise, but Texas is already off to another fast start on the recruiting trail for the class of 2013. On Friday, the Longhorns picked up the verbal commitment from one of the highest ranked players in the country in quarterback, Tyrone Swoopes. He's a 6'5" 220 signal caller from Whitewright, Texas (2A in Texas) who was ranked number 11 in the Rivals first Top 100 list for the 2013 class.
He is also the second ranked quarterback (Rivals) in the country behind only Max Browne of Sammamish, WA.
I'm not going to pretend to be some kind of expert on Swoopes' game since I've watched all of two, six minute highlight videos of him, but a couple things stand out based on those 12 minutes of tape.
First, the guy is big. He's listed at 6'5" and 220 pounds on the recruiting sites and he looks it on tape.
Secondly, I was shocked to see how much the guy ran. One of the clips was almost exclusively him keeping the ball on zone read plays. The other clip had a few more passes, but it was still tough to gauge what kind of thrower this guy is. Obviously though, he's impressed the right people so I'll leave that analysis to the experts.
I was surprised in his running only because Texas really hasn't used the quarterback run nearly as much in their offense the past several seasons. Of course, maybe that is due to their personnel more than anything.
Is Texas going hard after Swoopes and indication Mack Brown and Bryan Harsin would like to get back to having a true threat at QB in the run game? Based on those two recruiting tapes, I'd have to answer that was a resounding yes, assuming they plan on playing him at quarterback of course, but I've seen nothing to indicate otherwise.
It's also interesting to note that Swoopes' aunt is none other than former WNBA star, Sheryl Swoopes, and he happens to be a very good basketball player himself according to SBNation Dallas.
Swoopes commitment gives Texas four players so far in the 2013 class. He joins wide receiver, Jake Oliver, offensive lineman, Jake Raulerson, and defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson in Texas' class thus far. All four players are ranked in Rivals Top 100.
Yes it's early, but I'd say it's a safe bet to assume the Longhorn's 2013 class is going to be another top five group. Earth shattering news, I know.
Here's a clip of Swoopes in action.