Messiah Swinson

New York TE Messiah Swinson has Big Ten, ACC, Big 12 visits set and offers

Long Island Lutheran tight end Messiah Swinson added West Virginia and Boston College offers, and also has a few others on his radar.

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Messiah Swinson is a towering figure at 6-foot-8, and he could grow into an offense tackle.

However, the Brookville (N.Y.) Long Island Lutheran standout is being courted as a tight end, and a big one at that, and recently added offers from Boston College and West Virginia.

He is set to visit Connecticut on Saturday, he will be at Boston College on March 18, head to West Virginia the following day and is tentatively set to visit Rutgers on April 1.

And the 234-pound Swinson is trying to sort through it, including West Virginia offering out of the blue.

"I talked to the coach on the phone," Swing said. "He talked to my head coach, and after I caught up with him, my head coach called me and told me they had offered me. 

"I don't know much about the program, but one of the kids my dad mentored was a running back there a few years ago. I was a little too young to know about the program at the time."

West Virginia's selling point is Swinson's versatility in the offense.

"The coach was telling me about all the stuff they could do with me in the offense," he said. "It was being in the spread, going out wide, in the slot or coming in the backfield as an h-back. Those were the types of things they were telling me."

Another school recently increasing its recruitment of Swinson is Rutgers, where he visited for the game against Indiana. 

"During a game visit, you don't really get to do everything," he said. "I'd like to meet the coaches in depth. I always thought Rutgers would be a cool place to visit and find out more about it."

Offensive line coach A.J. Blazek is recruiting Swinson, and the two hit it off.

"He's a cool dude. He's really, really nice," Swinson said. "He is always talking about he loves the way I play and they really need to get me on a visit. He seems pretty interested."

This weekend's trip to Connecticut has intrigue for Swinson because of the change in coaches.

"It's close to home and it's a new coaching staff, so they definitely changed some things up," he said. "I did a one-day camp right after my sophomore year. I think it will be a good visit to learn about the program, meet the coaches."

At Boston College, Swinson has a strong connection with assistant coach Paul Pasqualoni. Swinson's uncle, Mark Swinson, played for Pasqualoni at Syracsuse

"They really like the way I play, and the way I move for a person my size," Swinson said. "I'm pretty big, I can catch the ball, and I'm not just a guy who can stay in and block. They like that."

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