Tiger Prowl Makes Noise At Gadsden City

Auburn commitment Anthony Swain talks about the Tiger Prowl coming to his school on Wednesday.

Gadsden, Ala.--It's not often that the Auburn Tigers make a splash at Gadsden City High School, but already this year coach Gene Chizik's program has done just that with the commitment of safety Anthony Swain to the Tigers. On Wednesday they made another big splash as the Tiger Prowl made it's way through on the way to Birmingham and Swain said it set the school on its ear.

"Basically it was just crazy," Swain tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I was just sitting in class and everybody was walking by telling me all the Auburn coaches were outside. I didn't really know what was going on at first. I didn't even know they were there. I really couldn't talk to them though.

"There are a lot of Auburn fans at my school," he added. "Just about everybody was all riled up and talking about it to me."

While Swain couldn't talk to the coaches, the fact that his future position coach Tommy Thigpen as well as Auburn assistants Trooper Taylor, Curtis Luper, Phillip Lolley and Jeff Grimes made it a point to visit his school was more important than any words they could have said.

"It made me feel like they like me," he said. "I feel like they really want me. It's like I'm special. It just makes my commitment even stronger to Auburn. I feel very good about Auburn right now."

Swain isn't the only player at Gadsden City being recruited by the Tigers as the Titans also feature uncommitted prospects Alonzo Harris and T.J. Worthy. A talented running back, Swain said Harris seemed to really enjoy having the Auburn coaches in the school as well.

"One of the other players, Alonzo Harris, talked about them coming to the school," he said. "I'm trying to tell him to come home with me to Auburn."

Swain says that currently he's concentrating on becoming a more complete player as the Titans get ready to begin spring football practice. With plenty of talent returning on the field, he says he's anxious to see what the team looks like when they get back to work.

One thing is for sure though and that is Swain's anxiety about recruiting has gone out the window since his commitment to Auburn earlier this spring. With the decision out of the way he says he's now able to focus on being a high school student again without the pressures of big-time college football knocking at his door.

"I'm kind of glad I went ahead and got it off my chest," Swain says. "Now I can just focus on my team and my school work."

Swain says he plans to attend one of Auburn's summer camps, but isn't sure if he'll take any more trips.

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