Texas Longhorns: ESPN 150

Swoopes tumbles in latest ESPN 150

July, 12, 2012
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. 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.”

Video: Risers in the ESPN 150

June, 8, 2012

Tom Luginbill takes a look at some of the prospects who made the biggest leaps in the ESPN 150 rankings.
The newest ESPN 150 and brand-new ESPN 300 rankings were released Wednesday, and the story of the day for Texas targets is the astronomic rise of Robbie Rhodes.

The Fort Worth Southwest junior is ranked No. 5 in the nation among receivers and 43rd in the ESPN 150. Rhodes holds a Texas offer, but Baylor remains the leader for his pledge.

Quarterback Tyrone Swoopes (Whitewright, Texas/Whitewright) dropped from No. 9 to No. 22 in the ESPN 150. He’s still the top dual-threat quarterback in the nation but now ranks fourth among all QB prospects.

That means Harker Heights' Darius James is now the No. 2 prospect in the state and Texas's top-ranked commit. The No. 1-rated center jumped from 19th to 17th in the ESPN 150. Recent decommit Ricky Seals-Jones stayed at the No. 7 spot in the ESPN 150.

The rest of Texas’ commits in the ESPN 150 remained relatively steady: tackle Jake Raulerson is ranked 81st, tackle Kent Perkins is 84th, receiver Jacorey Warrick stayed at No. 111 and cornerback Antwuan Davis is No. 149.

Also making the ESPN 300 were Deoundrei Davis (ranked 151st), Kyle Hicks (222nd) and Jake Oliver (233rd).

New Texas commit Erik Huhn (Cibolo, Texas/Steele) made his debut in the ESPN rankings on Wednesday. Huhn earned a four-star rating and ranks No. 15 among safeties and 53rd in the state of Texas.

Linebacker commit Naashon Hughes (Harker Heights, Texas/Harker Heights) also made his debut as a three-star prospect ranked No. 70 in the state and 51st among outside linebackers.

Another Texas target new to the ESPN rankings is Andrew Billings. The recently offered Waco, Texas, offensive lineman is rated 20th among guards and 48th in the state of Texas.

ESPN 150 ATH updates 

May, 2, 2012
ESPN's RecruitingNation experts break down the uncommitted athletes in the ESPN 150. Among them is Texas target Dontre Wilson.

Here's what the scouts say:

Recruiting update: It's a two-horse race for Wilson between the Ducks and the Longhorns. Wilson took a trip to Oregon last month and had a chance to take in the campus and all it had to offer. While many have heard that either Texas or Oregon will win, schools such as Oklahoma State, LSU and Texas A&M are considered wild cards. Wilson is expected to announce his decision at the end of May during DeSoto's spring game.

ESPN 150 Defensive backs update

April, 30, 2012

ESPN's RecruitingNation scouts take a look at some of the undecided ESPN 150 defensive backs. On the list are four Texas targets in Vonn Bell, Marcell Harris, Maurice Smith and Antwuan Davis.

Here's what they had to say about Harris:

Recruiting update: Most believe that Harris is down to Texas, Florida and FSU with Ohio State still in the picture. Harris' dad, Mike Harris, was a defensive back for the Gators in the 1990s, however, Texas has been recruiting Harris for over a year and many feel the Longhorns are the team to beat.

To get the updates on the rest of the prospects, read the full story Insider.

Craig Haubert breaks down the ESPN 150 safeties Video.

ESPN 150 DTs still undecided

April, 26, 2012

Among the ESPN 150-ranked defensive tackles still uncommitted is Dallas Kimball prospect Justin Manning. Here's what the experts say about Manning's recruiting thus far:

For a while, it was believed that Oklahoma was, without question, the leader in the Manning sweepstakes (his brother is former OU standout DeMarcus Granger). As more schools show interest, and with the Sooners only recently offering, the race for Manning now seems to be wide open. Texas A&M was his first offer, and LSU arguably is his most intriguing offer. Texas would also love to steal away the younger brother of the former Sooner. Manning has gone on record to say he won't make a decision until the end of his senior season.

Read the full story here.

Top uncommitted ESPN 150 DEs

April, 25, 2012

There are some uncommitted defensive ends that are featured in the ESPN 150. Of course, topping the list is Robert Nkemdiche.

The nation's top player from Loganville (Ga.) Grayson is considering a handfull of SEC schools and Clemson. However, he has stated his desire to take a visit to Texas. Here's what the scouts have to say:

Recruiting update: Nkemdiche was hoping to announce on May 18th, the day of the Grayson spring game, but he won't be ready and wants to see all his favorites again. That group includes Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, and Ole Miss, all of which he has seen at least once over the past few months. At this time it looks as if the Rebels and Crimson Tide are the front runners. His bother (Denzel) signed with Ole Miss (Class of 2012) and he just saw the Rebels' spring game last weekend, but he has strong ties to the Alabama program as well. Meanwhile, both Clemson and LSU have made a great push of late.

Read the full story here.

ESPN 150: Behind the scenes

April, 19, 2012
Much goes into the scouting and preparation of each year's initial ESPN 150 recruiting rankings. There's also a method to the madness when it comes to determining which players go in what spots.

RecruitingNation's Tom Luginbill and Craig Haubert take you inside the process:

  • Scouting Video:

    ESPN Senior Recruiting Analyst Tom Luginbill explains the national vs regional approach to recruiting for ESPN Recruiting, and why the positional approach is the best method.
  • Timeline Video:

    Luginbill explains the timing process for the release of the ESPN 150 rankings, and when ESPN Recruiting will begin to have two recruiting rankings active at the same time.
  • Resources Video:

    Luginbill gives you a look at how ESPN Recruiting evaluates players, and what kind of resources they have at their disposal.

  • Tom Luginbill examines the quarterbacks in the initial ESPN 150 rankings for the 2013 class.

    Max Olson on The Adams Theory

    April, 18, 2012
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    HornsNation's Max Olson joined Sean Adams on The Adams Theory to talk about the ESPN 150 and how the Longhorns are represented on the list.

    Listen here.


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