Swindle awaiting the summer

Nearly 30 pounds heavier to go along with added strength and another year of solid competition under his belt, Tyler Swindle has come a long way over the last year. He held his own on the camp circuit in 2012 without the added mass, and now he's eager to prove his potential even more during the 2013 summer camp circuit.

Hayden (Ala.) offensive lineman Tyler Swindle has become quite familiar with homestate and national power Alabama.

He camped with the Crimson Tide last year, attended a recent junior day this spring and even took in another spring practice last week.

"It was great, I always enjoy a trip to Alabama," he said. "I was just talking to [Lance] Thompson...that's when I mentioned to him I would like to see practice and he responded 'come on down, I'll get you a pass.'"

While watching the defending champs reload for the 2013 season was "a good time," the 6-foot-5, 298-pounder wanted to hear more about potentially earning an offer from Nick Saban and company.

Thompson laid out a plan.

"Nothing but hospitality," he said of the vibe in Tuscaloosa. "Coach Thompson and I talk just about weekly, so even though I'm waiting on their offer, I know just about everyone down there and they know me.

"The last we talked about an offer, Thompson said come to camp do good, and the offer is there."

As one would imagine, the anticipation is picking up for Swindle as his big audition approaches.

"Can't wait!" he added. "Last year, I went up against (Alabama signee) Dee Liner several times there and held my own. Now I'm two inches taller, 35 pounds heavier and much more mature in my skill set.

"Along with that I've also added 100 pounds to my bench press and 50 to my squat so I'm ecstatic about camp."

Swindle's anticipation is especially heightened with the new coach he has to perform in front of.

"I went to camp last year as a prospect and they loved me," he recalled. "But you know [Jeff] Stoutland left so now I've got to prove myself to [Mario] Cristobal."

"I met him at junior day and talked to him for a bit. I like him, I think he's going to be a great O-line coach at Bama," he continued. "He was very upfront With me about he does things, and he kept saying the O-line are the play-makers.

"I love that aspect of him. He's a real straight forward guy that's going to put the best line out there regardless of their age. He told me it just depends on the players maturity and skill set."

Swindle, who is still seeking his initial scholarship offer, also reports a 3.8 GPA in the classroom.


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