- William Wilkerson, RecruitingNation
To gear up for 2013 national signing day, HornsNation’s William Wilkerson is breaking down every commitment in the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class.
Vitals: Quarterback Tyrone Swoopes, Whitewright, Texas/Whitewright | 6-foot-5, 229
Committed: Feb. 17, 2012; Already enrolled
ESPN.com grade: 82. Four-star grade
ESPN.com rankings: No. 35 athlete, No. 47 player in Midlands region, No. 41 prospect in Texas
Picked Texas over: Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, TCU, Texas A&M and Texas Tech
State of the position: The Longhorns are busting at the seams with quarterbacks heading into 2013. But questions still remain as to whether David Ash is the guy to take this team to the next level. He should get the first crack at things but any mishap and he’ll have Case McCoy, Connor Brewer, Jalen Overstreet and, to a lesser degree, Swoopes waiting eagerly for their chance to prove their worth.
Pros: “Swoopes is a load and looks like a man amongst boys against this competition. He possesses an ideal blend of size, speed, quickness and physical measurables in terms of stature. He is a dynamic running threat as well as an imposing one. Looks great on the hoof. He makes most of his plays on the move in the passing game. Whether improvising or keeping plays alive, he is crafty and throws well on the move to both sides. He is such a good athlete he could easily be a BCS caliber WR on offense or safety/OLB on defense. He is a load to handle and exciting player with the ball in his hands.” -- ESPN scouting report
Cons: “He has great feet, gets set quickly from shotgun, but does not always remain balanced and set to throw within the pocket and drive off back foot. He shows a powerful, over-the-top delivery that has somewhat of a whip-like appearance similar to 2012 prospect Jameis Winston. He is not always smooth or consistent in terms of mechanics, but flashes the power and velocity to make most college level throws when feet are set.” -- ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Jalen Overstreet. Both players have had to hear chatter about whether they can play quarterback at this level or not and both players are eager to prove doubters wrong. Both players can make plays happen with their feet and both players need some fine-tuning before they step on the field. Both players, potentially, could play other positions if needed.
Expected impact: 2015. Swoopes needs time to hone his craft with quarterbacks coach Major Applewhite. He has all the tools and ability in the world to be a sensational player for Texas, but the Longhorns are going to have to ease him into things. Having four quarterbacks in front of him should take some of the pressure off his shoulders. Depending on his maturation this spring and through the 2013 season, he could compete for playing time in 2014. But 2015 seems more fitting.