Throughout this offseason, we’ll spotlight Class of 2013 quarterbacks who have a shot at making the Elite 11 finals in July. This week we profile Whitewright standout Tyrone Swoopes.
Tyrone Swoopes knows he's not your average quarterback. Rated a four-star recruit in the Class of 2013 by RecruitingNation, the junior quarterback can hurt you with his arm, but at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, Swoopes has the imposing, athletic build to make opponents pay on the ground, as well. The proof lies in his 540 rushing yards and seven touchdowns during an October contest for the Tigers this past season. Scary thing is, Swoopes is determined to make his passing ability just as explosive as his rushing prowess.
ESPNHS: How would you describe yourself as a quarterback?
Swoopes: I'm not bad, but I think I could work on the passing aspect of it. Sometimes, I tend to drop the ball and run when I feel pressured instead of stepping around and throwing it. I think that'll be important for me to develop going to the next level because there, it won't be as easy as it is now.
ESPNHS: What was it like rushing for 540 yards in one game as a quarterback?
Swoopes: It was fun. During the game, I didn't think anything of it. I didn't know what I had done until everybody was telling me after the game. I thought it was pretty cool.
ESPNHS: After you finishing playing basketball, what do you plan on working on this offseason?
Swoopes: I'm going to work on my accuracy because when I'm tired, sometimes late in the game I won't do the certain things that I should do with my mechanics.
ESPNHS: Which quarterbacks do you like to watch and study?
Swoopes: I watch Cam Newton the most because he's exciting to watch. I've paid attention to how he's developed from college to the NFL, where he still runs a bit but he passes a lot more than he did in college.
ESPNHS: What would it mean to be invited to the Elite 11 camp?
Swoopes: Well, I got invited to the regionals this summer, and I'm looking forward to that. But I saw the TV show last summer about the national camp and I think it would be fun to go out to California because I've never been there. Just to meet those guys and be around those other great quarterbacks would be a good experience.
ESPNHS: What does it take to be an elite quarterback?
Swoopes: I think an elite quarterback has to be able to lead his team through anything that comes up through adversity. You can't get too worked up because you have to be a leader and control the game.
ESPNHS: Which schools have offered you so far and do you have any favorites?
Swoopes: I've gotten offers from Notre Dame, Stanford, Oregon, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor, Oklahoma, Auburn and Alabama. I think Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas are my three favorites right now because I went to their junior days and I enjoyed it. Those will be the only places I've really been so far. [Note: Swoopes will be attending a Texas junior day this weekend.]
2011 Team Record: 7-4 (lost in first round of Class 2A playoffs)
Completions-Attempts: 110-209 (.526)
Rushing Yards: 2,267
Rushing TDs: 27
Brandon Parker covers high school sports for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.