Disclaimer: as I've said before, this is the type of setting that Swoopes doesn't show up well for. He can't run into contact (it's one or two hand touch and a whistle for quarterbacks), and each signal caller is asked to stand in and deliver a variety of throws. That's not Swoopes's strength. But he looked good at times on Monday, making potentially the first practice's best throw on a wheel route to Thomas Tyner. He was more up-and-down in the second practice, displaying the inconsistency that has dogged him as a passer. The potential is certainly there, and Swoopes showed the ability to make a number of throws. He also had some nice moments as a decision-maker, taking what the defense gave him.
Oliver came in known for his hands and his blocking, and he didn't really have a chance to show the latter on the first day. He dropped a pass at one point, but other than that seemed to do extremely well, catching the ball away from his body naturally and making a few plays as a receiver. On one, he came back to the ball to fight through a defensive back to make a big play on what would have been a touchdown pass. None of the big-bodied receivers had an especially great day on Monday, but Oliver was very, very solid and dropped fewer passes than the others.
Simply put: Perkins is a monster at right tackle. That's where he's working this week, and that's where he'll probably end up in college. Perkins has great size and moves well, but it's his nasty disposition that sets him apart. I didn't get a chance to see Perkins a ton, probably the least of the six Longhorn commitments in attendance. But what I saw, especially in the running game, was impressive. He'll be somebody to keep an eye on even more as the week went on.
So what can't this kid do? Raulerson played offensive tackle and nose guard for Celina, and he'll start off his Texas career at defensive end. But the 6-foot-5 250-pounder is spending this week working at center, and if you didn't know any better, you'd think that he'd been playing there his whole life. Raulerson is currently the West team's long snapper, though the most impressive thing that he's done has been as a blocker. Raulerson has great quickness off the ball and has been able to get his seals and make his angle blocks with little trouble. The other encouraging thing is that he's holding up against some awfully good (and awfully big) defensive tackles, thanks to pop in his hands and underrated strength. A'Shawn Robinson was the most impressive Texas commitment on Monday, with Raulerson coming in second.