Swain Cleared To Join Tigers

Safety Anthony Swain has been cleared and will report to Auburn this week for football practice.

Gadsden, Ala.—Despite media reports that he was expected to attend to a prep school this fall, Gadsden City safety prospect Anthony Swain has been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse and will join the Auburn Tigers when preseason practices begin this week for the 2011 season.

Auburn's first commitment for the 2011 signing class, the 6-2, 210-pound Swain is a powerful defensive back prospect who was ranked as the number 36 safety in the nation by Scout.com. Following a strong senior season for the Titans he had an impressive week in Mobile for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.

Swain is shown at practice for the Alabama-Mississippi all-star game in Mobile last December.

He originally chose Auburn over Alabama, Clemson, and Kentucky with Southern Miss, Tennessee and several more schools offering.

With Swain now qualified that makes 24 of Auburn's 25 signees cleared this fall from the number one class in the country, according to Scout.com. Included in that group is Mike Blakely, who transferred from Florida but hasn't been cleared to play for the Tigers even though he's academically eligible. The only player remaining for final word on whether or not he will be a qualifier is running back Tre Mason. He is expected to receive word on his status in the coming days.

Swain was ranked 24th on the Birmingham News Super Seniors list and was also the No. 14 prospect in the state by SuperPrep.

Swain played in the Schuman All-World Classic in Charleston, S.C., following his senior season.

Gadsden City coach Joe Billingsley said, "Anthony was a very physical safety who did a lot of good things for us. He is a fluid player who was effective in run support at the line of scrimmage.

"There has been a lot of talk about whether he will stay at safety at Auburn or move to outside linebacker," the coach added. "He played strong safety for us and he likes safety, but he said when he signed he will play wherever he is needed. I think how big he gets will have a major impact in determining where he plays in college.

"Coach (Gene) Chizik and Coach (Tommy) Thigpen did a really good job of recruiting him, Billingsley said. "He developed a strong interest early in Auburn. He is a good kid."

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