While National Signing Day may be known for last-minute switches and hat-dance commitments, what it’s really about is the potential of the future. And for the Texas Longhorns, the potential future of their program might already be on campus, a million miles away from all of today’s drama (thankfully), in the form of quarterback Tyrone Swoopes. Highly regarded early on by recruiting analysts, Swoopes’ difficult senior season and uneven camp performances led to a steady fall out of the national rankings by the end of the recruiting process. He finished as the No. 36 rated prospect on Orangebloods.com’s Lone Star Top 100 Recruiting rankings.
Dynamic sophomore and junior high school seasons garnered Swoopes’ attention from Ohio State, Stanford, Oregon and Auburn, among others, but UT Head Coach Mack Brown and then Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach Bryan Harsin were able to ultimately secure Swoopes’ services for the in-state Longhorns.
Despite the interest from the likes of Chip Kelly and Urban Meyer, Swoopes’ recruitment didn’t last long, as he committed shortly after attending Texas’ first junior day last February.
The lone quarterback commit in the 2013 class, Swoopes is currently in Austin and going through offseason workouts alongside fellow early enrollees Deoundrei Davis, Jake Raulerson and Geoff Swaim. With Case McCoy, Jalen Overstreet and Connor Brewer already in line behind starter David Ash, the depth chart at QB is stacked in front of Swoopes, so getting an extra spring practice under his belt will be invaluable in his transition-acclimation from the tiny 2A high school level to big-time Division I ball. But with newly-promoted play caller Major Applewhite’s desire for a spread-based attack that features a dual-threat quarterback, the opportunity is there for the dynamic Swoopes to not only contribute early in specialized packages, but to, in time, seize control of the position and revolutionize Texas’ future by reincarnating one of the greatest legends of Longhorns past: Vince Young.
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