May 23, 2009

Swigert quietly racking up offers

Louisville (Ohio) wide receiver Bobby Swigert might be one of the best players in the state of Ohio that you know nothing about. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder is already has racked up double digit offers including a big one from Michigan and could be on the verge of landing more in the coming weeks.

Swigert has the ability to play on offense at receiver or on defense as a safety and the jury seems to be out depending on which program is looking at him for which position. The Buckeyes have expressed an interest in seeing Swigert on offense as a slot receiver however. But is an Ohio State offer in the future for the fast rising star?

"Coach (Jim) Bollman has been recruiting me and he has been up to my school and took in one of my baseball games," Swigert said. "He told my coaches that I need to come to camp and I need to performer there in order to get an offer from them."

The Buckeyes will start the camp season in June and plan on having the top talent in the state to flock to Columbus to participate in one of two senior advanced camps and Swigert plans to attend one of the two sessions.

While most athletes in the state of Ohio grow up as Buckeye fans Swigert actually followed the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame more but that doesn't mean that there isn't a level of love for the home state school with the proximity from Louisville (Ohio).

"I am fond of (the Bucks) and I love going down there," Swigert said. "I actually have been to more Buckeye games than Notre Dame games, it is a great atmosphere down there and it is always impressive and I love going there."

Swigert has a good mix of speed to go along with his 6-foot-1 frame in running a 4.47 second 40-yard dash. Several football observers have compared Swigert to current Buckeye Dane Sanzenbacher in some regards even though Bobby is a bigger player. Does Swigert agree with the comparison?

"I definitely think I am a lot like him," Swigert said.

The Ohio product admits that his biggest strength on the field is his ability to make people miss and rack up yardage after the catch. He might not be the flashiest player on the field but he quietly gets things done and picks up the big play when needed.

With so many offers already in hand and more likely coming in is there any sort of timeline that Swigert is setting to make a decision or could this one end up playing out well into the fall or winter?

"I am not in any rush and I am not going to set any date and say that I am going to commit before the season starts or anything," Swigert said. "But if I find the right place then I will commit but if not I am not in any rush."

Last season Swigert caught 58 passes for more than 700 yards and six touchdowns. Look for those numbers to go up in Bobby's final season of high school ball.

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