Big Defensive Lineman Still Leaning To Auburn

Junior college defensive line prospect Maurice Swain talks about his official visit to check out the Auburn Tigers.

Perkinston, Miss.--Former Troup County High star Maurice Swain said he was looking forward to his official visit to Auburn and notes that he was not disappointed as he spent the weekend on the AU campus as the Tigers defeated LSU 41-7.

Swain, a defensive lineman who has been recruited by Auburn assistant coach Rodney Garner since Swain was a high school standout in the state of Georgia and Garner coached for the Georgia Bulldogs, came into the visit with Auburn the leader and left that way.

“Coach Garner is a big impact,” Swain said. “I have told him since I was a 10th grader in high school that I want to play for him. I pretty much know him and everything he does.”

Swain noted that he met with Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and the two discussed the possibility of Swain joining the AU team in January as a potential mid-term graduate at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

“Everything is going good,” the prospect said of his track to graduate in December. “We had a good talk about my future here and I have made no decision yet, but we talked a lot in detail about what I need to do to get here–my grades and everything. I just have to finish out strong.”

Swain said he believes he is having the type of season that shows he belongs in the SEC. He is also planning to take visits to league teams Mississippi State and Kentucky as well as a trip out west to check out Oregon of the Pac-12.

“I feel like I am playing pretty well,” Swain said. “I am second on the team in sacks with 5 1/2 and third in tackles so I am doing pretty well. I am playing noseguard in a 3-3-5 right now.”

The lineman said he feels like he is in good shape at six-foot-five. “I weighed 297 pounds before I came on my visit and when I weighed today (Sunday) I was 308,” he said with a laugh. “They fed me really well.”

He also noted that the Tigers performed well in a 41-7 victory over LSU. “I liked how they play,” he said. “It actually reminded me of how hard we play. That is why they came out with a victory.”

Like Auburn, Swain’s team is off to a strong start. “We are 6-0 and are leading the South Division in Mississippi,” he pointed out. “We are pretty good. I don’t see anybody slowing us down right now.”

Commenting on the possibility of playing for the Tigers, he said, “I know they are losing a lot of guys. They can play better at times, but they have a lot of seniors. I feel like I can come in and play and be a good asset to the team.”

Two of Swain’s teammates at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College are Auburn commitments--quarterback/athlete Jason Smith and cornerback Tony Bridges.

Former teammate, Duke Williams, is a junior on the Auburn squad and made one of the best catches of the game vs. LSU. Another former player at Mississippi Gulf Coast, Derrick Moncrief, plays safety for the Tigers. Swain hung out with those Auburn players after the game Saturday night and notes they told him the AU program is a good place to be.

Swain noted that having familiar faces on the Auburn team is something to consider when making his college choice. “It is big because family is a big part of it to me. We are more like brothers so we hang together all of the time.”

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