Among the six healthy Texas Longhorns commits in San Antonio preparing for Saturday's 2013 US Army All-American Bowl, Whitewright quarterback Tyrone Swoopes and Fort Worth Arlington Heights defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson have been performing well.
Words from your truly not convincing? Their coaches are:
Robinson was a standout at The Opening, where he showed the ability to hit a swim move in addition to his favored bullrush and soaked up all the information that he could from his position coach, Ndamukong Suh, so seeing him being praised for being the five-star beast that is doesn't come as much of a surprise.
Oh yeah, and since he's rocking a new beard for the Army game, Robinson has earned himself a new nickname befitting his natural strength:
Swoopes, however, is a bit more surprising. During the first two days of practice, he's been said to be pretty inconsistent by virtually every observer. Except his coaches, apparently.
As with his performance at The Opening. Swoopes is up-and-down -- he follows one good play up with a play that isn't so good. And then follows that up, normally after a bit of a lull, with another spectacular play.
In fact, Swoopes probably threw the best pass of the day on Monday as the West opened preparations, putting a wheel route to Thomas Tyner right on the money downfield against solid coverage, though Tyner wasn't able to come up with it.
ESPN analyst Damon Sayles described another play:
Swoopes stepped up his game from Monday to Tuesday, Sayles went on to say, perhaps because he was able to use his legs a little bit more, a major asset for him that he wasn't able to show off at The Opening.
But on another pass on Monday, he put a fade route in redzone work in a spot where even 6-5 target Ricky Seals-Jones didn't have a chance to make a play on it.
Still, to earn that type of praise from his coaches is nothing to scoff at, especially since five-star USC commit Max Browne is also on his team, as well as LSU pledge Hayden Rettig, who is a four-star prospect and was the most steady in Monday's rain.
Maybe the coaches are just in love with his upside, as this analyst (and many others, as well) was after seeing his sophomore film, as Bryan Harsin was after working with him during the summer before Swoopes' junior season, and as Trent Dilfer was after working with him during the Elite 11 camps.
And despite some of the concerns many Texas fans feel, one Longhorn fan is supremely confident in Swoopes:
Gotta appreciate the enthusiasm.
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