Jimmie Swain impresses people when he steps onto the football field. The Lee's Summit (MO) High linebacker even gains admirers from the opposing sideline. It's beneficial.
"The coach from Libertyville told the Iowa coaches that he thought I was a good player," Swain said. "(Assistant LeVar Woods) checked out my film and then I had a conversation with him. He passed the film on to the defensive coordinator (Phil Parker). He cleared it.
"Then the head coach (Kirk Ferentz) called my school when I had a free period. I had a conversation with him and he offered me (a scholarship) over the phone."
Kansas followed the Hawkeyes with an offer for Swain at the Jayhawks' junior day last weekend. Iowa put forth its opportunity about a month ago, he said.
The 6-foot-3, 216-pound Swain is scheduled to attend Illinois' junior day on March 9. He also plans to see Michigan State and Iowa soon.
"(The Hawkeyes) want me to call and schedule a time for me to come up there during spring practices," Swain said. "They want me to meet some of the players and the coaching staff. It's definitely something I plan on doing."
Swain, whose only other campus stop besides Kansas was a game at Missouri in the fall, is scheduled to attend the Elite Football Combine in St. Louis on March 2. He also will accept an invitation he received Wednesday to a regional Nike combine with a date and location to be determined this spring.
"The (college) coaches like my ability to run," Swain said. "They like my aggressive approach and ability to get after the ball. That seems to be the role they see me filling."
Swain plays a middle linebacker spot in Lee Summit's 3-4 alignment.
"At the next level, I think I can fit into any type of defense," he said. "I can adapt having played since I was young. I understand schemes and I'm pretty good at film study. I think they could put me anywhere where it would be most beneficial to the team I'm playing for."
Swain reports running the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.
The Hawkeyes are working hard on Swain, who fits their need for defensive playmakers with athleticism.
"With Iowa, I feel really good about Coach Woods," Swain said. "I have conversations with him on a regular basis. He's really good guy. He's going to be my position coach so we're already building a relationship."
The Jayhawks also sit well with Swain.
"Kansas is a program that is trying to build back right now," Swain said. "When I was talking to Charlie Weiss, he was very straight forward and completely honest with me about everything. He didn't try to make it seem like things weren't as bad as they were. I really appreciated that from him. I feel good about where they're going. I'm not saying that's going to be the school for me but it might be."
Swain, who plans on majoring in business administration with a minor in marketing, is not in a hurry to end his recruiting process.
"I really don't want to put too much stress on myself," he said. "Right now I'm just focusing on my school work and my team. I still have a year to make these big decisions. I'm not going to rush into it and commit too soon before I have all of my options in front of me."