Speedy Receiver Picks Tigers

Auburn added a deep threat at wide receiver with this addition to the Class of 2004.

Stone Mountain, Ga.--Coach Tommy Tuberville and the Auburn Tigers picked up a commitment from one of their top wide receiving prospects when speedy James Swinton from Tucker High chose the Tigers over Georgia, South Carolina, Marshall, Louisville and Cincinnati.

"I made my decision last night around 9 p.m.," Swinton tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It is just a great program. I love the coaches and how they felt about me. Everything is just great and I really like how they spend a lot of time on education.

James Swinton

At 6-0 and 165 pounds, Swinton might not stand out as being the physical receiver most are looking for in today's style of football, but he runs it's easy to see why he became a hot commodity on the summer camp circuit. With personal best times of 4.29 and 4.30 in the 40-yard dash, he is one of the fastest players in the South this year and is a solid 4.4 on the clock on most every occasion.

A two-year starter at Tucker after transferring from Duluth High, Swinton didn't get much action last season when star running back Thomas Brown did most of the damage. Catching 15 passes, including three for touchdowns, he was most dangerous when he touched the ball on kick returns. Twice last season he took back kicks for touchdowns, one kickoff for 91 yards and one punt for 80 yards.

Not sure of what to fully expect from Auburn coming into the summer, Swinton got a full taste of the football program last weekend when he visited for the final summer camp of 2003. Standing out in drills, he impressed the coaching staff enough to earn an offer soon after he returned home. Thinking about it for just days, he says he knew that Auburn was the right place for him once he got home.

"It gave me a real good feeling," he says of his visit to camp. "That's basically why I committed. I talked to Coach Price (Terry Price) and met Coach Knox (Greg Knox) and the head coach. They all gave me a good feeling. I just love how they have respect for your family."

With Brown back at tailback, ultra-quick quarterback D.T. McDowell calling the signals, and talented players on both sides of the ball, Tucker is primed for a run at a state championship this fall. Having that to look forward to made this decision one Swinton wanted to get behind him.

"It opens up not worrying about where I'm going to go and when I'm going to commit," Swinton says. "Now I can study for the SAT and study for my classes while also concentrating on the football field."

Swinton says he plans to take several trips to Auburn this fall to watch the Tigers in action. He was hoping to begin that on Aug. 30 when USC comes to town, but a game conflicts with his plans. "I'm going to try to make the Georgia Tech game," Swinton says. "And I know I'm going to come to a few practices."

Swinton joins quarterback Calvin Booker from Mays High in Atlanta as Auburn's latest commitments. Booker recently returned from a Nike sponsored quarterback camp in Las Vegas, where he showed his arm is among the best in the country in a session that brought top quarterbacks to the UNLV campus for a passing clinic.

They join earlier commitments Greg Wilkerson, Marcus Carter, Blake Shrader, Courtney Harden, Blake Schrader and Brad Lester as prospects who have pledged to play for the Tigers.

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