Swanson a big late addition to USF 2013 class

National Signing Day has come and gone, but on Tuesday USF Head Coach Willie Taggart added a big addition to the Bulls class of 2013 with thwe announcement that Lake Gibson star fullback/defensive tackle Kennard Swanson has signed with South Florida.

It may be weeks after Signing Day, but that hasn't stopped USF Coach Willie Taggart from adding a big addition to the Bulls class of 2013 as Lake Gibson fullback/defensive tackle Kennard Swanson has committed and signed with South Florida Announced Head Coach Willie Taggart

"He was a young man who was passionate about USF and really wanted to be here," said Taggart. "So we're excited to have him join this class."

According to Lake Gibson football administrative assistant Teresa Helms the Bulls are getting a good one in Swanson.

"They are getting a getting an absolute steal," said Helms. "And one of the best they could have picked up."

"He can play on both sides of the ball, and excel at both," said Helms. "He was a first team All-State at defensive tackle and rated one of the top fullbacks in the country all year long."

The 6-foot-0, 240 pound 3-star prospect is rated the 5th best fullback in the country by Fox Sports/Scout.com.  Swanson signed early with LSU and received offers from other big programs until academics caused school to back off leading up to NSD. In the end it was down to USF and UCF with Swanson ultimately choosing to play for the Bulls after taking an official visit last week.

"It just came down to what was best for his family and him," said Helms. "He was very impressed while on his official visit and the coaches did a very good job with him. He felt real comfortable with them and his decision."

Recruited as a fullback, Swanson becomes the 24th signee in USF's 2013 class.

"Kennard is a tough, hard-nosed player, who brings a lot of athleticism and physicality to our program," said Head Coach Wille Taggart. "He will be a great asset to what we're trying to build on the offensive side of the ball."

As a senior played on both sides of the ball and was a 6A first-team all-state selection. At fullback Swanson carried the ball 21 times for 107 yards, averaging 5.1 yards per carry, and rushed for two touchdowns, while paving the way for a Lake Gibson rushing attack that amassed over 1,800 yards and 26 scores.  Swanson was also a beast at defensive tackle, recording 63 total tackles, 12 tackles for a loss and 11 sacks, while adding 3 forced fumble, 2 fumble recovered and a pass break-up.

Playing at Lake Gibson Swanson for his entire career, Swanson was a four-year Letterman and two-time all-state/all-county selection after averaging 5.1 yards per carry and 8 TDs during his final two seasons at fullback while recording 197 tackles, 31 sacks and 37 TFL during his four seasons on defense.

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