Swain Set To Visit Arkansas

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Ilustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Olathe, Kan., North linebacker Jimmie Swain (6-3, 225), a TCU commit that Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash and Razorback linebackers coach Randy Shannon will see play Friday night and who plans to take an official visit to Fayetteville the following weekend.

Impact player. Difference maker. Must-have linebacker recruit.

Any of those labels would seemingly fit Olathe, Kan., North linebacker Jimmy Swain (6-3, 225, 4.51) when it comes to what he would be for linebacker-challenged Arkansas.

Swain committed to TCU back on Aug. 2, but the Razorback staff – who will be at his game Friday night in the form of defensive coordinator Chris Ash and linebackers coach Randy Shannon – would not let up.

That's why Swain – a four-star prospect on most recruiting services - will return the favor by taking an official visit to Fayetteville on the weekend of Nov. 1-3 when Arkansas hosts Auburn.

"I have been overwhelmed by how even after I committed to TCU that Arkansas never let up recruiting me and probably came after me even harder, " Swain said.

"They have been very clear how much they want me, how much they need me and how much of an impact they think I can have right away on their football program," Swain added.

Swain, who played his sophomore season at Olathe North, transferred to Lee's Summit, Mo., West and then back to North this summer, had over 100 tackles last season and is on that pace again this season.

"I really enjoy my relationship with their coaches and Coach Ash – their defensive coordinator – and the linebacker coach Coach Shannon are coming to see me play Friday night," Swain said. "It means a lot to me how much time they are putting in on me."

TCU knows that Swain – who has 16 offers and transferred from Lee's Summit, Mo., West this summer - is planning on taking the trip to Arkansas as well as one to Oregon later.

His original starting five was the Horned Frogs, Oregon, Stanford, Michigan and Michigan State while also holding offer from Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Nebraska among others.

"I'm sure they would rather me not make the trips, but they have not said don't take them and just trust them and see which place is the best for me," Swain said. "They've been really cool about it."

Swain does not have a preference where he plays on the college level.

"I think I have enough versatily to play the Sam, Mike or Will and a lot of coaches are talking about me playing the hybrid role where you walk up on the line and make plays," Swain said. "I believe my coverage ability is very good and that I am a physical guy when it comes to the run game."

Arkansas has stressed to Swain that it will play young guys early in key positions.

"I know they need linebackers and that I would have the chance to come in there and play right away and maybe even start if I chose to go to Arkansas," Swain said. "That's of course if I came in and worked hard. I don't ever ask for anything to be handed to me. I would have to earn it."

Arkansas' skid lately would not be a factor in his decision per Swain.

"I know how good those coaches are, the plan they have for rebuilding and how I could play a big part in it," Swain said. "That is why I am going to come down there and check it out and see how I would fit and what it is like."

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