Big Safety Gets Auburn Offer

One of the top safety prospects in Alabama got an offer from Auburn on Wednesday.

Gadsden, Ala.--On Wednesday several Gadsden City football players and coaches took the opportunity to trip to Auburn to check out the campus, facilities, and talk with coach Gene Chizik and his staff. Safety Anthony Swain thought it was going to be a fact-finding mission for him, instead it turned into a very memorable day.

"When I went down I got my first verbal offer today," Swain said. "I like the coaches. They are cool. The facilities are nice. Basically I got an offer. It surprised me. I didn't know they were going to offer me today. I thought I was just going to go down and get shown around and then I would go home. I left with a little bit more than that…it's my first offer so that's pretty big for me."

Auburn's coaching staff has been a big drawing card for the Tigers since they arrived on the campus just over one year ago. Swain said that's what stood out to him on his trip was how well they get along with each other and with the players.

"The coaches, it's a family environment," Swain said. "It's not a fast-pace city. It's more laid back. I like it. I'm a country boy so I liked it."

A 6-2, 215 safety prospect for the Titans, Swain said that he occasionally walked down to play a linebacker position, but is being recruited as a safety by the Tigers. With several veterans on the roster next season, Auburn will be needing players at that position down the road.

"They told me they need fast safeties that will run through you," Swain said. "That's what I do. I run through you."

With his first offer now on the table Swain said at the moment Auburn is definitely one of the schools on his list and he plans to learn more about the Tigers in the weeks and months to come.

"They are top five," Swain said. "Definitely top five. I have Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Clemson in there. Florida State is sending me papers to my house. Ole Miss also. I have a couple of schools that are messing with me."

As a junior Swain finished the year with more than 60 tackles and four interceptions.


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