December 7, 2009
2011 athlete impressed with Tide
Alabama scored a huge victory in Atlanta over the weekend with their 32-13 win over Florida in the SEC Championship Game but the spectacular performance may earn the Crimson Tide some recruiting victories in the state of Georgia down the road. One of the Atlanta area's top junior prospects Damian Swann was watching the Tide's big win and came away impressed.
"I went to an Alabama home game earlier this year and this weekend I watched them win the SEC Championship this weekend," said Swann. "Now they're playing for a national title. In college football, they are as good as it gets right now."
The 6-foot, 175-pound athlete from Grady High School is projected as a defensive back at the next level and said one Tide defender has served as a role model to him throughout the season.
"I really look up to Javier Arenas. I think he's the best defensive back in college football," Swann said. "He's always in the right place to make plays and even though he's usually smaller than the guy he's covering he always plays physical and he never lets anybody get the upper hand on him. That's the way the whole Alabama secondary tries to play and I really love that style."
The Tide's early offer to Swann has put them in a strong position early with the talented junior and the opportunity for early playing time in the 2011 season has also caught the versatile athlete's attention.
"So far, I have offers from Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss. I'm getting letters from a few other schools but no one has shown me the kind of interest that those three have."
"I know Alabama will be losing five of their defensive backs that they have now by the time I graduate so there will be a need for good defensive backs and an opportunity for young guys to step up."
"I have always liked Georgia and Georgia Tech. I haven't heard a lot from Tech yet but I'd definitely be interested in talking to them some more."
While both Alabama and Georgia coaches have told Swann that they are recruiting him as a defensive back, the junior star has plenty of experience playing on offense as well, making him a potentially dangerous weapon with the ball in his hands.
"Last year I was pretty much strictly a defensive player but this year I played a little more on offense as well and I feel like I did pretty well there. I played mostly at wide receiver on offense but I played a little quarterback too. I think it all just helps me be a better overall football player to understand both sides of the game."
With his season over, Swann heads into a busy offseason with plenty of activities planned, including playing centerfield for Grady's baseball team as well as a full slate of summer camps.
"I start baseball workouts on Monday so hopefully that will help keep me in shape in the offseason. I plan on going to a lot of camps next summer and taking some unofficial visits to try and learn a little more about all the schools that have offered me."
"This season went really well for us. I think we have a chance to go deep next year with everyone that we have coming back. Hopefully I can step up and be a leader in my senior season and help take us to the state championship."
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