Major Damage

Olathe, Kan., North linebacker Jimmie Swain (6-3, 225, 4.5) will take an official visit to Arkansas this weekend as the Razorbacks try to flip him from his pledge to TCU.

Olathe, Kan., North head football coach Gen Weir made it very clear why star linebacker Jimmie Swain is so heavily recruited.

"He is a big man that runs fast and does major damage once he arrives," Weir said.

Indeed, Swain (6-3, 225), 4.5 does look like a linebacker that Arkansas would love to get on the field next season.

They'll take their best shot with him this weekend when Swain – currently a TCU commit – takes an official visit to Arkansas.

He's also planned a trip to Oregon.

"To be very honest, he is taking these trips to see what is best for him out there or to reassure himself that TCU is where he needs to be," Weir said. "It's a major decision for him and he wants to be sure. He's asked for permission from me to take the trip to Arkansas this weekend so he'll be there."

Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash and Razorback linebackers coach Randy Shannon were on hand to see Swain play last weekend.

"Coach Ash was very clear to me what they are looking for and how well they think that Jimmie fits their system," Weir said. "He has been very respectful, has asked him to give Arkansas a chance and come take a look at what they have to offer and what they are building."

North is 5-3 with three losses all by less than seven points.

"I guess I would say that we are the best 5-3 team around because we have lost to the No. 2 team in the state, the No. 3 team and lost on a tipped pass last week," Weir said. "Jimmie has been a very big reason why we have been successful."

Swain fits the mold of many star linebackers in that he can play in a normal spot or come up to the line and rush off the edge.

"He really has great speed and the ability to chase down anybody," Swain said. "We bring him up there on the line in obvious passing situations and just turn him loose.

"He is leading the league in sacks and it's a 12-team league so that shows you how great a player he is," Weir added. "I'm glad he is on our side."


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