- Max Olson, Big 12 reporter
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Four-star quarterback commit Tyrone Swoopes (Whitewright, Texas/Whitewright) dropped from 22nd to the No. 100 spot, and ESPN’s scouts have decided to reclassify him as an athlete.
Swoopes was previously ranked No. 1 among dual-threat quarterbacks and was a top-10 prospect in the initial ESPN 150. Now he’s the nation’s 10th-ranked athlete.
Why did he drop? Swoopes’ struggles at The Opening, particularly in 7-on-7 play, brought questions about the progress he still needs to make as a passer.
“In our opinion, the development that needs to take place at the quarterback position and in the passing game is an extensive one, and the safe thing to do is put him in the athlete category,” ESPN national recruiting director Tom Luginbill said. “The reality is, his athleticism is his single greatest trait.
“We are not ruling out that he can play quarterback. But there’s going to be significant development that needs to take place, and it could take time.”
Two other Texas commits moved up in the ESPN 150 thanks to strong showings in Oregon last weekend.
Four-star lineman Jake Raulerson (Celina, Texas/Celina) jumped from 81st to 56th in the latest rankings by displaying his versatility in offense line drills.
“He played center, guard and tackle and was very, very impressive,” Luginbill said. “We came away very impressed with him.”
Defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson (Fort Worth, Texas/Arlington Heights) also climbed six spots to No. 130. Former UT pledge Ricky Seals-Jones (Sealy, Texas/Sealy) is no longer a five-star prospect, but is still the nation’s No. 1 receiver and is ranked 10th in the new 150.
Fellow Texas commits Darius James (No. 17), Kent Perkins (83), Jacorey Warrick (115) and Antwuan Davis (149) held steady in the rankings, and Longhorns pledges Deoundrei Davis, Kyle Hicks and Jake Oliver remained in the ESPN 300.
Like Robbie Rhodes did last month, another in-state receiver made a significant jump in Thursday’s new ESPN 150.
Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper) rose from 136th to No. 51 thanks to a breakout performance at The Opening. The 6-foot, 170-pound prospect was named MVP of the weekend’s 7-on-7 tournament.
“He was the best and most productive wide receiver at that event,” Luginbill said. “He was that good.”
The new ESPN 150 and ESPN 300 are out today, and there’s really no way to sugarcoat the biggest change for Texas recruits.Four-star quarterback commit Tyrone Swoopes (Whitewright, Texas/Whitewright) dropped from 22nd to the No.