- William Wilkerson, RecruitingNation
The scenario has surely already played itself out in the minds of those with burnt orange blood running through their veins.
How else would a daydream unfold when a pair of top 10 recruits in the newly released ESPN150 are involved?
One doesn’t have to scroll down far at all to find these two on the list. Seals-Jones (Sealy, Texas/Sealy) checks in as the No. 1 wide receiver and No. 7 overall prospect, while Swoopes (Whitewright, Texas/Whitewright) is listed as the No. 1 quarterback and No. 9 recruit in the country. They are joined by five other Texas commitments on the list.
In addition to being a top 10 national recruit, Seals-Jones was also chosen as one of seven players to earn a five-star rating. The others, in order, were defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, inside linebacker Reuben Foster, offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, defensive end Carl Lawson and cornerback Mackensie Alexander.
One player that will be in charge of giving Swoopes time to get the ball to Seals-Jones is Longhorns offensive line commitment Darius James (Harker Heights, Texas/Harker Heights). He debuts as the No. 1 center and No. 19 player overall.
Celina’s Jake Raulerson, who is being recruited as a defensive end to Texas but could easily play on the offensive line, is the No. 78 prospect overall and No. 5 offensive tackle.
A few spots down is future Longhorns offensive tackle Kent Perkins (Richardson, Texas/Lake Highlands), the No. 87 recruit and No. 6 offensive tackle.
The only other Texas commitments to make the list were Jacorey Warrick (Houston/Cy Falls) and A’Shawn Robinson (Fort Worth, Texas/Arlington Heights). Warrick is slotted as the No. 111 recruit and No. 14 receiver while Robinson is pegged as the No. 133 prospect and No. 13 defensive tackle.
That means that The Opening invitee Jake Oliver (Dallas/Jesuit) did not make it from Texas’ commitment list. Nor did fellow Watch List members Kyle Hicks (Arlington, Texas/Martin) and Durham Smythe (Belton, Texas/Belton).
Several remaining Longhorns targets found their names on the list, including: Su’a Cravens (No. 15 overall and No. 1 safety); Dontre Wilson (No. 53 overall, No. 7 athlete and No. 6 running back); Vonn Bell (No. 60 overall and No. 5 safety); Marcell Harris (No. 66 overall and No. 8 safety); Justin Manning (No. 85 overall and No. 9 defensive tackle); Maurice Smith (No. 89 overall and No. 10 cornerback); Mike Mitchell (No. 138 overall and No. 11 outside linebacker) and Antwuan Davis (No. 147 overall and No. 13 cornerback).
Other players from Texas include: Texas A&M tight end commitment Derrick Griffin (Rosenberg Terry) at 28; Oklahoma running back commitment Keith Ford (Houston Cy Ranch) at 36; Texas A&M running back commitment LaQuivionte Gonzalez (Cedar Hill) at 50; Texas A&M quarterback commitment Kohl Stewart (Houston/St. Pius) at 51; Texas A&M offensive guard commitment Joas Aguilar (North Richland Hills Birdville) at 101; Texas A&M wide receiver commitment Jamar Gibson (Baytown Goose Creek) at 103 and Baylor quarterback commitment Chris Johnson (Bryan) at 106.
Two notable names left off the list were Longhorns targets Ra’Shaad Samples (Dallas/Skyline) and Torrodney Prevot (Houston/Alief Taylor). Samples,who boasts one of the most impressive offers list in the country, recently suffered an ankle injury at the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp. But he still managed to gain an invite to The Opening. Prevot was the defensive linemen MVP at that camp.
The scenario has surely already played itself out in the minds of those with burnt orange blood running through their veins. The exact situation might vary, but the images of Tyrone Swoopes in a Texas uniform throwing the ball up to Ricky Seals-Jones probably always end in a completion or miraculous scoring grab.