Tyrone Swoopes was already on the national recruiting radar before his most recent game against Tom Bean (Texas) High. The Whitewright (Texas) High quarterback has another year of high school football remaining, but already he's received offers from, among others, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, TCU, Notre Dame, Stanford and Baylor. But after his last performance, he may receive offer letters from every school in the country -- to play running back.
The dual-threat quarterback showed why against Tom Bean, when he put on one of the most incredible performances in Texas state history, rushing for 560 yards and seven touchdowns on 28 carries in a 47-27 win. Swoopes averaged an impressive 20 yards per carry in the game -- he even lost yardage on two carries -- making his night even more unbelievable.
As the Sherman Herald-Democrat reported, the eye-popping rushing numbers put him only 27 yards short of the state rushing record currently held by Somerville's Daryl Ellis.
Remember, this guy is a quarterback, and he's not afraid to throw the ball, either.
"It never dawned on me to think that it was a record. To have 500 yards of offense is great, let alone one person," Whitewright head coach Jack Wylie told the Herald-Democrat. "Nothing he does surprises me. He's so blessed and so capable. It was a tremendous night."
Tremendous doesn't really begin to describe what Swoopes did against Tom Bean. He became only the ninth player in state history to rush for more than 500 yards in a single game. And as hard as it is to believe, he's the fourth player in the state to go for at least 500 yards this season.
Swoopes' record-setting performance included five scores of 49 yards or longer, and a total of 333 yards on seven rushing scores. In a state where football records have been falling in bunches, it's difficult to get excited about a player coming up short of a record. But when that player happens to be playing a different position and nearly bests a state mark? Well, you have to stand up and take notice.
When asked what he thought about his performance, Swoopes gave credit to his coaches for giving him a game plan to succeed. But the way he's been playing this season -- through seven games, Swoopes has 1,974 yards and 25 rushing touchdowns to go with 11 scores through the air -- the coaches should be the ones thanking him for making them look good.
"I don't really feel any pressure," he said. "I just go out and do what the coaches tell me, execute the game plan."
Spoken like a running back ... er, quarterback.
- Tom Bean