5-Star QB Tyrone Swoopes Commits to Texas: How Big Is This for the Longhorns?

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IFebruary 19, 2012

5-Star QB Tyrone Swoopes Commits to Texas: How Big Is This for the Longhorns?

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    Texas received a big-time pledge this weekend from Tyrone Swoopes, a talented QB prospect from the Lone Star State. Swoopes is great prospect and has a high ceiling.

    Mack Brown usually does a fantastic job of nabbing early commitments during this phase of recruiting, as Texas is one of the premier programs at getting a jump on early recruiting.

    Come inside and see what this 5-star commitment means for Texas.

Who Is Tyrone Swoopes?

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    Swoopes is a 6'5", 220-pound QB from Whitewright, Texas, who is very similar to Florida State commit Jameis Winston. He's a tall, dual-threat-type QB who can dazzle with his arm and legs.

    In fact, because of his size and skill set, and of course where he's going to school, we're going to hear a ton of Vince Young comparisons throughout the cycle in regards to Swoopes.

Who Were the Finalists?

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    Swoopes had offers from Alabama, Stanford, Ohio State and Notre Dame among many more.

    Yet many people had always believed that Texas was eventually going to wind up as his choice, because Swoopes is from the state and reportedly grew up a Longhorns fan.

    Even though this is a huge get for Texas, to many around the state it's not a shocker. 

How Big Is This for Texas?

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    Huge. This continues the Texas theme of gobbling up big-time in-state prospects as early as possible. Co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin and head coach Mack Brown both wanted Swoopes badly and really went after him hard the past few weeks.

    Swoopes felt the love and now will give Texas a flagship recruit for their 2013 class, at the most critical position (quarterback), early in the process and he's from the state.

    Again, this is a huge get for Texas.  

Can Swoopes Bring Stability to the Texas QB Depth Chart?

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    Texas will have three solid QBs on it's roster this year in David Ash, Case McCoy and true freshman Connor Brewer.

    I'm not sold on the fact that Brown and Harsin are sold on Ash and McCoy for the long term.

    Plus, Brewer will be just a true freshman, too. So adding a talent like Swoopes that Harsin reportedly wanted very badly could bring balance to the force...the Longhorns QB depth chart, that is.