East No. 7 TE Messiah Swinson talks NC State, Wake Forest, Auburn and Rutgers

Brookville (N.Y.) Long Island tight end Messiah Swinson talks about which schools are recruiting him the hardest.

Messiah Swinson, a 6-foot-7 tight end from Long Island, spent spring break visiting NC State and Wake Forest, was at Rutgers on Sunday and is planning a June visit to Auburn.

All but Auburn offered the Brookville (N.Y.) Long Island Lutheran standout, who has an idea of when he will decide.

"NC State is up there as probably the school recruiting me the hardest," Swinson said. "I don't know an exact date yet (to announce), but probably toward the end of the summer because I don't want to worry about it during my senior year. We have a big football season coming up so I don't want to have to worry about it."


Although the Wolfpack are pushing hard and made a big impression during Swinson's recent visit, Rutgers is making a move. It offered last week, and he was on campus for a few hours Sunday to speak with the staff and learn more about the offense.

"I know the coaches now pretty well because they've been recruiting me since October, and I have a good relationship with most of them," the 241-pound Swinson said. "They're really trying to turn things around, which I really like because they haven't been there for long and it's not easy to turn a Power 5 team like that around."

Swinson sees an opportunity at tight end.

"They're really starting to use their tight ends in a huge way but they are thin at that position," he said. "They have a few true tight ends and one of them (Myles Nash) used to be a defensive end who just switched over. They have their transfer tight end Jerome (Washington) from Miami, who, I think, will be a huge piece for them, and the tight end position at Rutgers will really start to become a big thing."

The visit to NC State surprised Swinson, who is now giving serious consideration to the Wolfpack.

"It's really nice," he said. "The football facility center, it's a little off campus, but it's huge and it's nice. The weight room is immaculate, and the locker room, the equipment room and all that stuff is nice. I really liked that. The stadium is huge. It's nice."

He followed the trip with a visit to Wake Forest.

"Wake is a little bit of a smaller campus, but you can tell with the construction and what they're building, it's going to be really nice," he said. "The stadium is really beautiful. The locker room, they're renovating it and making it double in size. I really, really like that.

"They are making a new practice field with new turf. The indoor facility is probably the best indoor I've seen so far."

A visit to Auburn is in the cards for June, although Swinson is yet to settle on a date.

However, he is speaking with the staff regularly, and he likes what he hears.

"It's a great program," Swinson said. "The coaches I am talking to, they are really good coaches. I talk to (tight ends) coach (Larry) Porter. I think it's going to be a really good visit from stuff I'm hearing about it, and from I know about Auburn."

Swinson is dissecting how Auburn, and other schools, will use him in the offense.

"A lot of schools will use the tight end in the blocking formation on the line of scrimmage, and that's not really the kind of tight end I am," he said. "I look at schools that use the tight end in the spread or in the slot and get them off the line of scrimmage. That's mainly the type of offense I am looking at with schools."

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