Interest Picks Up For Swopshire

While most of the 2008 class is setting up official visits, Jared Swopshire is still examining his list of schools. He's getting high major interest and a few new schools are entering the pictures.

Unlike the point guard situation, there are still a bunch of quality wings available in the class of 2008. Of the top 20 at the small forward spot, 11 remain uncommitted and Jared Swopshire is one of them.

The 6-foot-7, 180-pound rising senior certainly isn't lacking interest. The schools making him a priority are Cincinnati, Clemson, Marquette, Louisville and Utah. South Carolina and Georgia have also jumped in recently.

"[Recruiting] is going good," Swopshire said. "I'm working on narrowing it down and seeing where I want to take my visits."

At this point Louisville and Georgia are the only schools recruiting him that haven't offered him a scholarship. Although he hasn't scheduled any official visits, he plans to schedule some for September.

Of the schools on his list, Swopshire admitted that he definitely wants to take official visits to Cincinnati, Clemson and Marquette.

The Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy standout listed the coaches at all three schools as the primary reasons he wanted to visit. His interest in Marquette is also there because of their current players.

"Their coaches are real energetic and just good coaches," he said about the Golden Eagles staff. "Their players are cool and I like their environment."

Much like Marquette, Swopshire likes the intensity that the Clemson coaching staff brings to the table.

"Their coaches are really energetic and they bring a lot of energy. The environment at that school is real good. I like the environment and the coaches."

With Cincinnati, Swopshire feels a sense of comfort. Their staff has been recruiting him the longest and he's developed good relationships within the program.

"The coaches there are real good," Swopshire said. "They've been recruiting me for a long time and were one of the first schools to start recruiting me. They've been around for a while and their campus is really nice."

Although he doesn't want to make his decision until the end of the calendar year, Swopshire has a good idea of what he's looking for. Academics and a good coach are at the top of the list.

"I'm looking for a school with a good education. [I'm looking for] a school with a coach that can help develop me and get me to the next level and a place I can go and get a long with everyone."


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