Four football players with Texomaland ties have received invitations to participate in upcoming team activities this summer as undrafted free agents.
Two of them — former Whitewright quarterback Tyrone Swoopes and former Celina offensive lineman Jordan Roos — have signed or agreed to terms with the Seattle Seahawks. They will be joining Gainesville’s David Moore, who was selected in the seventh round (No. 226 overall) by the Seahawks on Saturday.
Former Sherman defensive back Ryan Reid has received an invitation to minicamp with the Minnesota Vikings; and Gainesville’s Denzel Johnson will be headed to the Tennessee Titans.
Reid is the only one of the four local free agents who has not signed or agreed to terms.
Reid wasn’t invited to the annual NFL Combine in Indianapolis, nor was he drafted last week. But Reid’s hard work in the offseason paid off in the form of a chance to shine with the Vikings.
“It makes the grind a little bit harder,” Reid told the Herald Democrat in February about not being on any teams’ draft boards. “It makes you want to be perfect, really.”
This past fall, Reid was named Big 12 defensive player of the week after intercepting two passes against Kansas, and was honorable-mention all-conference at defensive back at the end of the 2016 season.
In all, Reid started 37 games at Baylor and played in a total of 45.
Swoopes, a four-star recruit out of Whitewright, struggled at times at quarterback at Texas but hopes to restart his career in the NFL as a wide receiver.
Swoopes played in 40 games with the Longhorns, starting 14 of them. His biggest highlight as a senior was leading Texas to a 50-47 double-overtime win against then-No. 10 Notre Dame in the season-opener, scoring both overtime touchdowns out of the “18 Wheeler” offense.
Roos, a four-time state champion in the shot put and discus combined and a five-time total medal winner at Celina High School, signed with Purdue in 2012, redshirted his first year and was a four-year starter, three of them at right guard for the Boilermakers.
Roos overcame a torn ACL suffered during the 2011 football season to win both the shot and discus championships in May 2012.
The 6-foot-4, 302-pound Roos was rated as the No. 23 offensive guard by nfldraftscout.com. Seahawks general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll said Saturday they almost drafted Roos.
Gainesville’s Johnson, who quarterbacked the Leopards to the Class 3A Division I state quarterfinals in 2012, started at safety for TCU and was named second-team All-Big 12 in his senior season.
Johnson’s classmate at Gainesville, Moore, led the Leopards in receiving in 2012 with 700 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Moore signed with Division II East Central University (Okla.) and caught 57 passes for 878 yards and 10 TDs as a senior last fall.