Texas Football Recruiting: Is Tyrone Swoopes the Next Vince Young?

Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterMay 29, 2012

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 5: Head coach Mack Brown of the Texas Longhorns on the sidelines against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 5, 2011 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas beat Texas Tech 52-20. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
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The Longhorns are getting after it in recruiting, and one of their top prospects is dual-threat quarterback Tyrone Swoopes. Swoopes is a big, physical athlete at the quarterback position that has earned high marks for all of the potential his athleticism gives him. While we've already taken a look at how Texas' class as a whole stacks up against Texas A&M's, this time, myself and Barton Simmons give the Full Ride treatment to Swoopes.

In looking at Swoopes, it is easy to see where the Vince Young comparison comes into play. Both quarterbacks look to enter Texas as immensely talented specimens at the position. Long, lean, but with big bodies that are capable of making plays with their arms and legs. It is dangerous to make comparisons to greats such as Young, but in looking at raw skills, there can be some favorable conclusions drawn.

Swoopes, the long strider, does shake off tackles just as well as he avoids them, and with his long frame, he is able to out-sprint defenses to the pylon, much in the same way we saw Young do so many times in the burnt orange. He is a true dual-threat quarterback in that regard, which should put the read-option plays back on the menu in a big way for the folks in Austin.

As far as throwing the ball goes, Swoopes is not advanced as a passer, but he does have a lot of untapped potential. Bryan Harsin will have to work on getting Swoopes to read through progressions and deliver the ball quickly to timing routes. However, what Harsin will not have to contend with is a quirky motion, something that could not be said for Vince Young.

All in all, the rising senior will have to get to Texas and be the best Tyrone Swoopes he can be. Where that takes the tremendously talented quarterback remains to be seen.


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