October 8, 2013

Swinney soaks it in

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Sandy Creek running back Eric Swinney is getting all the attention that a prospect could want.

He is hearing from schools all over the country, and the 2015 standout recently decided to make the trip to Georgia when the Bulldogs took on LSU.

Georgia was able to win a thriller in Sanford Stadium by a 44-41 score, and Swinney was impressed with the atmosphere Between the Hedges.

"The atmosphere was just electric," Swinney said. "When I first stepped in the stadium, I just knew it was going to be a great game. You could tell it was a big game."

Swinney also liked what he saw out of the Georgia offense and especially how offensive coordinator Mike Bobo uses his running backs.

"I love it, man," Swinney said when asked to share his thoughts on how UGA uses its running backs. "It shows that they can go to power sets and between the tackles or they can go outside or throw the ball to the running backs. There were a lot of things that I liked about how they used the running backs."

Swinney, who has 72 carries for 496 yards and nine touchdowns through five games in his junior year, does have concerns about Georgia's backfield.

The four-star prospect believes that the Bulldogs running back situation, in the future, could get a little crowded.

"They still have a couple of guys coming in the 2014 class. I think they have two guys coming in, so the situation at Georgia is all right at running back," he said. "But I want to go somewhere that I can play my freshman season. It has them behind a little bit because I want to go where I can play early. Things change over time though. I think I could find a role."

So what could the Bulldogs do to ease Swinney's mind in that regard?

"I don't think there is anything particular [UGA can do}," Swinney said. "If they really want me, they are going to keep recruiting me hard. I mean, I already like Georgia."

While Swinney was in the Classic City, the message from the Georgia coaching staff was a clear one.

The Rivals250 prospect for 2015 is a wanted man in at UGA.

"Coach (Bryan) McClendon was just telling me that he wants to coach me one day and that they want me," he said. "He told me that they want me at Georgia."

With a dozen reported offers already, Swinney has gotten to the point in his recruitment where he can tell what schools are recruiting him the hardest and what schools could be close to offering.

"North Carolina is recruiting me hard," he said. "Tennessee is coming pretty hard. North Carolina State is recruiting me hard and Notre Dame has been sending me a lot of mail lately. Then you have Georgia, Auburn, and Ole Miss."

Ole Miss is the team Swinney named as his leader this summer, but the Sandy Creek playmaker says that things have changed in that regard.

"I don't really have a leader," Swinney said when asked if Ole Miss was his leader. "My recruitment is opening up really. I do plan to go to Ole Miss on October 12, though."

With no leader and no top group of schools standing out, Swinney still plans to end his recruitment before his final season at Sandy Creek.

"I'm thinking that I'll make a decision in spring or early summer before my senior season," he said."

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