Texas QB pipeline looking strong

Posted June 4th, 2013


Let’s talk quarterbacks.

Texas already has its 2013 quarterback commit, Tyrone Swoopes, on campus. In fact, he’s been on the 40 Acres since the beginning of the 2013 spring semester and was one of the biggest surprises during spring practices.

Swoopes will also get a lot of reps this summer with senior Case McCoy spending 10 weeks in Peru on a mission trip, putting him in position to earn the No. 2 spot in 2014, if not before.


The Longhorns also already have the position taken care of in the 2014 class. Denton Guyer’s Jerrod Heard committed to Texas back in August before taking the Wildcats to the 4A state championship last December and climbing to the No. 1 dual-threat QB spot in the 2014 recruiting industry rankings.

The latest accolade bestowed on him was by the folks at Elite 11 – an annual nation-wide challenge put on by ESPN that searches for the best quarterback in a given recruiting class. Heard was notified via Twitter on Saturday that he made the final cut and will compete at Nike headquarters in Oregon against a handful of the nation’s top 2014 high school quarterbacks later this month.

Looking farther down the line – as we so often do in recruiting these days – it was hard to ignore all the glowing endorsements of 2015 dual-threat QB Jarrett Stidham coming out of Texas’ Sunday recruiting camp.

Stidham is rated the No. 3 dual-threat signal caller in the 2015 class, according to the 247Composite rankings, and has early offers from Baylor and Texas Tech – two schools that know a thing or two about quarterbacks.

247Sports national analyst Bobby Burton was in Austin for Sunday’s camp and came away very impressed by the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Stephenville junior-to-be, ranking him the 9th overall performer and the No. 2 quarterback behind only Heard (click here for highlights from the camp).

With David Ash entering the 2013 football season as the most experienced quarterback in the Big 12, and with Swoopes on campus, Heard verbally committed and Texas already eyeing top 2015 talent, the quarterback position on the 40 Acres is looking like it’s on its way back in a big way.

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