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Texas commits impress at NFTC

3/27/2012

Jake Oliver and Durham Smythe have seen the future, and they can’t help but get excited.

The Dallas Jesuit receiver and Belton tight end competed at the Nike Football Training Camp in Irving, Texas, on Sunday along with five other Longhorns pledges.

Both had impressive days, and Oliver earned a spot at The Opening in Oregon later this summer, and both said the exact same thing when they departed Valley Ranch: They can’t wait to play with Tyrone Swoopes.

“He can do it all,” Oliver said. “I was really impressed. I’m excited to be his receiver.”

Oliver developed a good rapport and caught several passes from Swoopes, who earned quarterback MVP honors and one of the 24 prized spots in the Elite 11 Finals.

The impression Swoopes made on his future go-to guys was an important one, particularly because the Whitewright, Texas, star wasn’t allowed to scramble in any drills.

“That’s obviously a big part of his game,” Smythe said. “Being the MVP of the quarterbacks without being able to run the ball means obviously he can throw too.

“It’s good that he comes out here and competes with these guys. Playing at a 2A school, he probably doesn’t get the same level of competition. He came out here and showed it against all the best.”

Here’s a few nuggets from the seven future Longhorns’ performances:

• Oliver also enjoyed working with fellow UT receiver commit Jacorey Warrick (Cypress, Texas/Cy Falls) and got along with him well. Oliver said he would be more than OK with seeing Dallas Skyline’s Ra'Shaad Samples join the class.

“We’ll take him if we can get him,” Oliver said. “If he can come, that would be perfectly fine with me.”

Oliver was commit No. 2 for the 2013 class. He’s been working with Jake Raulerson (Celina, Texas/Celina) to recruit others to join it ever since.

Now that the Longhorns have 13 pledges, Oliver couldn’t be happier.

“It’s awesome. It’s unreal. I’m very proud to be a part of it,” he said. “We’re coming back. We’re going to be up there the next couple years, so be ready.”

• Smythe worked with the wide receivers for almost the entire day.

His best competition of the day among tight ends was Christian Morgan, the Plano Prestonwood Christian junior who has offers from all over the country -- but not one from Texas.

Mack Brown has said he wants two tight ends for the 2013 class. Does it surprise Smythe that Morgan might not be one of them?

“A little bit, yeah,” he said. “I guess it’s really about trying to find people who fit the system. But I’m not going to second-guess what they think.”

• Raulerson dealt with some minor knee issues at the start of the camp but performed well. He competed with offensive linemen and did a lot of work at left tackle (his high school position) during one-on-ones with defensive linemen. Between tackle, defensive end, defensive tackle and even center, Raulerson has a lot of options when it comes to where he’ll play at Texas.

• A’Shawn Robinson (Fort Worth, Texas/Arlington Heights) looked like a man among boys during his work with the defensive linemen, particularly because he just looks more physically mature than his peers. It’s safe to say he’ll start off as a defensive tackle -- the position he prefers -- when he gets to Austin.

Daeshon Hall is understandably raw in terms of his football experience, but the Lancaster defensive end is 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds with very long arms. You have to imagine UT strength coach Bennie Wylie is looking forward to filling out that frame with some serious muscle.