Safety Prospect Discusses Auburn Visit

A report with video on 2009 football prospect D.J. Swearinger is featured.

Greenwood, S.C.--It's become common for college football prospects to take a variety of unofficial visits to check out colleges in the spring of their junior years and the summer before their senior seasons. It's doubtful that many have been busier at that pursuit than Greenwood High's D.J. Swearinger.

"I have been moving around," Swearinger says, pointing out that he made his unofficial visit to Auburn as part of a road trip that included stops at Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Swearinger notes that he has 11 scholarship offers, including one from Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers and he says he is interested in AU and several other SEC programs. "In my top three it is Tennessee and Auburn, and I would say Georgia, too."

Although he plays running back on offense, Swearinger is mainly being recruited as a defensive back after making 93 tackles and an interception as a junior.

"I have been a starter since I was a ninth grader," he says. "I played outside linebacker and strong safety that year. As a 10th grader the coaches moved me to free safety and I have been there since. They say I am like a quarterback in the secondary for them."

At 5-11, 195 pounds with good speed, Swearinger points out that he enjoys playing on the defensive side of the football. "Defense is more fun because you get to fly around and hit people," he says.

As a senior his goal is to help lead the charge at another Class 4A state title, something Greenwood won his sophomore season. "Every day I am working to be a better player to get better with my strength and speed," he notes. "I am trying to be a better leader out on the field. I have some experience and I want to use that to help us be a better team."

Terry Price is recruiting him for Auburn and gave him a tour of AU's campus on an unofficial visit to AU this month. "I talked to Coach Price, who showed us around, and I got to talk to the defensive coordinator (Paul Rhoads)," the rising senior says. "I had a good talk. Auburn has pretty neat facilities."

Swearinger, who notes that he is an honor student, says he hasn't decided what he would like to study in college. "Probably something with math involved," he says. "It could be accounting. I have a lot of choices to choose from with math."

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