Juco DT Has Auburn On Top After Visit

Junior college defensive tackle Maurice Swain talks about getting an offer from Auburn and why the Tigers are on top for him following his visit.

Perkinston, Miss.--A massive defensive tackle prospect heading into his second season at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, 6-5, 305 Maurice Swain made a visit to Auburn over the weekend with teammates and Tigers’ commitments Tony Bridges and Jason Smith. Spending time watching Auburn on the practice field and talking with Coaches Gus Malzahn and Rodney Garner, he said everything went great about his visit and he got the news he’s been waiting for.

“The last time I was there was Big Cat Weekend so it was good to see practice and their tempo and how they work,” Swain said. “It was a good experience.

“Talking to Coach Garner this weekend he told me that he wanted me to know that I had a scholarship offer,” he added. “He wants me to talk with the defensive coordinator (Ellis Johnson) but I didn’t get the chance because they were in meetings. I talked to Gus and he said he was excited about trying to get me here.”

Getting the offer from Auburn was something Swain has been waiting on and is a big one for him. Growing up in LaGrange, Ga. and playing his football at Troup County High, Swain said the offer moves the Tigers to the top of his list at the moment.

“I knew it was going to come but I didn’t think it was going to come this early,” Swain said. “I’m excited about it.

“They (Auburn) are at the top,” he added. “They are number one right now. After that it’s Mississippi State and I’m still talking to Kentucky, but it’s mostly Auburn and Mississippi State.”

Something Auburn has in its favor is Garner and a large senior class at defensive tackle in 2014. Very familiar with the coach from his time at Georgia, Swain said the coach is someone he’s always liked and having the chance to play early only helps the Tigers.

“I already know Coach Garner is intense,” Swain said. “I have known that since high school going through camps at Georgia with him. He’s an intense guy and wants his guys to work hard. I already know pretty much about Coach Garner and how he works.

“It was a good heads up for me with them losing five inside guys,” he added. “That’s exactly where I play so there’s a chance I could get one of the positions.”

Not ready to make his decision just yet, Swain said he’s focused on Auburn and Mississippi State at the moment and wants to visit both officially before pulling the trigger.

“I told Coach (Malzahn) that I wasn’t going to jump on it (the offer) right then,” Swain said. “In the back of my mind it’s there.

“I’m going to get it out of the way before the season is over,” he added. “It will probably be mid-season.”

Still developing as a defensive tackle, Swain signed with Indiana out of high school before academic issues forced him to head to junior college. Playing mostly as a backup last season he had 13 tackles and one sack. He will have three years left to play two and is expected to graduate in December.

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