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2013 Rivals 250 Highlighted By Five-Star Texas QB Tyrone Swoopes

Texas A&M is off to an early start, with 3 commitments from the Top 250, but Texas may catch up quickly Saturday, when they host Swoopes and nine four-star prospects on their first Junior Day.

With National Signing Day fading in the rear-view mirror and Junior Day approaching, the 2013 college football recruiting cycle has officially begun.

On Thursday, Rivals released their first list of the country's top 250 prospects. As usual, the list was filled with Texas players, as the Lone Star State had 31 prospects make the cut, accounting for 12% of the nation's total.

However, only one of the 11 players the recruited service rated as five-star prospects is from the state -- QB Tyrone Swoopes of Whiteside, TX, a small town 60 miles north of DFW on I-35.

Swoopes, a dual-threat 6'5 220 QB who runs the 40 in 4.59 seconds, has been recruited by programs from all over the country. He recently visited Oklahoma, where he was not given an offer, and is set to head to Austin for Texas' Junior Day on Saturday.

A highlight video from his junior season:

The Longhorns, who have already received a commitment from four-star LB Jake Raulerson of Celina, whom Rivals rates as No. 51 in the country, have nine more Top 250 recruits joining Swoopes on Saturday.

For film on UT's targets in 2013, as well as early speculation about who they'll offer on Junior Day, head over to Recruitocosm.

Texas A&M, under new coach Kevin Sumlin, is off to a fast start as well, already securing three commitments from Top 250 players: 6'6 215 WR Derrick Griffin (No. 19), 6'2 295 DT Isaiah Golden (No. 63) and 6'3 185 QB Kohl Stewart (No. 181).

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.