Army Bowl Preview: Longhorn Offensive Commits

Looking at the Texas offensive commitments set to take part in the 2013 Army All-American Game.

QB Tyrone Swoopes, Whitewright

Again, we have Swoopes in a big-time national event. And again, I fear that people will jump on his performance and use it to suggest he's more athlete than quarterback. But remember: 1) it's a big jump to go from Texas 2A to playing the nation's top prospects at a moment's notice and 2) Swoopes is an elite zone-read quarterback who won't get to showcase his talents running the zone read until everybody goes full-contact for the game itself. So until that point, relax and don't worry about people freaking out over his future. He'll show some flashes, but it's hard to tell anything about a running quarterback in a practice system that blows plays dead on one-hand touch.

WR Jake Oliver, Dallas Jesuit

One of my favorite coachisms is "there will always be a market for a guy who gets open and catches the ball." That fits Oliver to a T. Do people wish he were faster? Sure. Are there more exciting, and dynamic players in attendance. Absolutely. But here's guessing that Oliver uses his body to seal off defenders over the middle, while showcasing his most underrated trait: his all-out aggression and power as a blocker on the edge. Oliver should match up with fellow Texas commitment Antwuan Davis at times, and that should be fun to watch.

OL Kent Perkins, Lake Highlands

There was a time when Perkins was considered by many to be the top talent in the state, and he could get back to that position with a big week. After Texas went out and landed left tackle prospect Kennedy Estelle in last year's class, the Longhorns needed to add a mauling right tackle to the mix. And in Perkins, Texas might have found the best of both worlds: a tackle mobile enough to play on the left, but hostile enough to run behind on the right. He'll certainly face plenty of challenges this week from some of the pass rushers in attendance, but Perkins should be just fine.

OL Jake Raulerson, Celina

Raulerson has already signed his scholarship papers as an early enrollee at Texas, and when he gets there, he'll try to emulate Houston Texans All-Pro J.J. Watt as a brawling defensive end. But for now, Raulerson is signed up to play on the offensive line at the Army Bowl, and it's a position that he could eventually play in college, if Texas needs to shift him over. He'll face a size disadvantage against many of the bigger linemen if he works on the interior, but his quickness leaves him in a nice position to deal with some of the speed rushers in attendance.

Horns Digest Top Stories