Here's one we hadn't heard of until other day. How about a near 7-footer out of the South Beach area? Meet Gene Swindle. The 6-foot-11, 260 pounder out of Gulliver Prep is making waves in his region and schools are beginning to show him the love.
"He's an interesting kid," Swindle's father said, "he was at a showcase and a lot of colleges have been looking the last three weeks."
Some are doing more than looking. Take South Florida for instance. Stan Heath's Bulls have offered him a scholarship and hosted him on a visit already. "South Florida wants him bad and we're leaning there heavily," Swindle's dad told Scout.com. "Things have gotten exciting for him. It's a little different how it works and sometimes it's hard to tell who's interested. This is kind of new."
Old Dominion has a trip planned for Oct. 12 and Virginia Tech is two weeks later. Miami, according to dad, is likely to receive an official. One interested Division I coach told Scout.com the kid "could be a redshirt candidate" and that's an avenue the family intends to pursue.
"Gene played on a team where he was the only big guy on the team at Gulliver Prep. He probably averaged about 12 points and 10 rebounds. A lot of the games were over early. Some of the people he played against was not of the higher quality. He had a decent junior year. This year we've got a new coach and its going to be more of an inside game. But, he's really developed. He dropped his weight from 300 pounds now to 260. He's going to develop a lot more; he's young and he's only 17."
Nebraska pushed hard to try and lock him down. Distance may be a factor with the Huskers. Virginia also took a look at him. At 6-11 and unsigned, why not?