Plenty Of Interest In Swopshire

With Darnell Wilks recently joining Cincinnati's 2007 recruitng class, it opens up another scholarship for 2008. One of Cincinnati's recruiting targets looks to be Jared Swopshire of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and Bearcat Insider recently spoke with the sharpshooting forward.

With five seniors on the Bearcat basketball roster for the 2007-2008 season and only one verbal commitment in its 2008 recruiting class, the Bearcats would seem to be wide open to the idea of adding some more versatile athletes.  One high school senior-to-be that has shown interest in joining Mick Cronin's program is Jared Swopshire from O'Fallon, Missouri.


Although the 6' 8" Swopshire is from the St. Louis area, he attends high school at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.  By attending the Florida academy, he's already shown that he is not afraid to travel, and his offer list reflects that attitude.  "Cincinnati has offered.  I also have offers from Marquette, Clemson, Colorado, Utah, Miami of Florida, Michigan, Southern Illinois, Missouri and Illinois.  There are several other schools in the area that have offered too, and Wake Forest is starting to really recruit me strong."  With so many schools being interested, it was hard for Jared to remember every school off the top of his head, and he cautioned that the list is probably not complete.


When Bearcat Insider spoke with the four star recruit late Monday afternoon, he had just returned to his St. Louis area home with an AAU championship.  His Florida Rams won the T-Mac Got Game Tournament in Auburndale, Florida after reaching the semi-finals in Cincinnati the previous weekend in the Adidas It Takes 5ive Classic.  The Rams may have fared better in Cincinnati but were missing two of its better players in Ray Shipman (Florida commit) and Dago Pena.  Both played this weekend in Auburndale, Florida.


Despite the plethora of offers and busy AAU schedule, Jared seems very interested in the Bearcats.  He even squeezed in a one day unofficial visit to Cincinnati in June.  He talked about his first visit to the Queen City.  "I was there for just one day and got to tour the school.  I got to meet all the coaches and visit with several of the players.  I also got to talk to the head coach for a little bit, and he told what they were trying to do and how I fit in."  When Jared returned to campus a couple of weeks ago for the Adidas Classic, both his younger brother and father were with him.  Jared continued with his impression of Cincinnati.  "The campus was really nice.  I liked it a lot."  Jared's only other unofficial visit was to Marquette, which he took on the same weekend as Cincinnati's.   


The 3.0 student is joined by IMG teammate and Florida commit, 6' 10" Kenneth Kadji, on his Florida Ram AAU squad.


With such a wide variety of schools offering, does Jared have any preferences?  "I'm just looking for a place with a good educational program and a coach that will help me develop.  I'd also like to go to a place that can compete for a national title.  I'm just looking for the best fit."


Jared believes at 6' 8", he can create some mismatches.  "If a smaller man is guarding me, I can go down low in the post.  If they put a bigger man on me, I'd go out on the wing.  I'm more of a guard/forward."


The 17-year-old 180 pounder knows he needs to add some bulk.  That was one of the reasons for attending the IMG Academy.  "We lift every other day and do plyometics and agility stuff.  Every day we're working out with certified trainers, and it helps a lot."


Before making a verbal commitment, Jared would like to take some official visits.  "I want to take my time because it's a big decision.  I'd like to take some official visits, but I'm planning to have a decision by September or October."


The recruiting process can get tedious for many young men with all the phone calls and text messaging, but Jared said it hasn't gotten so with him.  "For some people it can be tough, but not for me because they're showing me how interested they are.  I want to go where there's the best opportunity for me."  Jared is being recruited by Cincinnati assistant coach, Larry Davis, and Jared said it is not unusual for him to hear from Coach Davis in some form at least twice a week.


The Bearcats are definitely in the hunt for this young man's services, and Bearcat Insider will check back with Jared in the fall to get an update.  

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