May 6, 2011

Offense for Swann?

EFFERSON - Incoming freshman Damian Swann said he'll do whatever the Georgia coaches want him to do to help the Bulldogs be successful.

Apparently, that could include a little bit of offense as well.

Recruited as a cornerback, Swann said that's the position where he'll see the most action, but admitted Friday during the state track meet that Bulldog coaches have hinted he'll get a chance to play some wide receiver.

"I'm primarily a corner, but once I get in and start learning quick, I'll get a little bit of offense," Swann said. "It's possible."

No stranger to the offensive side of the ball, Swann started for four years at Grady, recording 800 receiving yards with 11 touchdowns as a junior.

Swann said he'll be happy to try and do the same with the Bulldogs if the opportunity presents itself.

"It's fine with me," said Swann, who ran the second left for his team in the preliminaries of the 400 meter relay. "Whatever we've got to do to get Georgia back on top of the SEC, I'm down for it."

Swann, who will wear No. 5, will arrive in Athens with the rest of the Bulldog freshman on June 6.

He said he is fully qualified to enter school.

"It's been a long time, the whole recruiting process and making my decision," Swann said. "I'm just ready to get it started."

He's done his best to stay busy.

Besides running track, Swann has continued playing baseball for Grady, something he wouldn't mind doing for Georgia as well.

Apparently, the opportunity to do that will be available, too.

"They (Georgia baseball coaches) said they don't mind me playing if I want to," Swann said. "I'd love to be a Diamond Dog, get a swing or two with the bat. It's a dream."

Swann said football coach Mark Richt has given him permission to do so and won't stand in his way.

But right now football is all that's on the mind of the 180-pound Swann.

He's anxious to show coaches what he can do.

"I want to show them that I can cover and I can do everything else they want me to do," Swann said.

He's already been getting tips from future teammates Branden Smith and Brandon Boykin.

"Those are the guys I communicate with when I'm on campus and just hanging out," Swann said. "They tell me just to be ready. They say it gets hard every now and then, but that's part of the college life. I just have to be ready for whatever comes."

A four-star performer, Rivals also rated Swann as the country's No. 47 overall prospect and fifth overall prospect in Georgia.

He said he will room with fellow Dream Team members Corey Moore or Amarlo Herrera.

Speaking of the Dream Team, Swann said he doesn't believe there will be any extra pressure to perform than there would ordinarily be.

"I don't think so because that's what they recruited you for, to come in and help," Swann said. "It's going to be a challenge, but we'll come together. We'll get there."


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