Visit Moves UNC Up

D.J. Swearinger closed out his early summer unofficial visits tour with a trip to North Carolina Monday afternoon.

"It was a very nice experience," Swearinger said. "I enjoyed everything about the school from the coaches to the players."

Prior to arriving in Chapel Hill, Swearinger, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound defensive back, visited Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Swearinger's Greenwood (S.C.) teammates Byron Best and Sam Montgomery made the trip to UNC with him. During their stay, they toured the campus, met several players, and spoke extensively with members of the coaching staff.

"The facilities were really nice," Swearinger said. "We talked to Coach Davis and he seems like a pretty good guy. Their academics were nice – I like how they do their academics. I talked to Marvin Austin and we exchanged phone numbers."

Following the visit, UNC shot up Swearinger's favorites list.

"I'd say they're in my top two, right now," Swearinger said. "It's just a very nice visit.

"The coaches have a lot of background in the NFL. Seven of the nine coaches there have coached in the NFL.

"Coach Davis, I like all the background he has with the Cowboys and Miami. He's coached a lot of my favorites players like Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, and Sean ‘T' [Taylor]."

Tennessee, though, has a pretty strong hold on Swearinger.

"I grew up a Tennessee fan for one thing," Swearinger said. "I took visit down there last Thursday and loved it there. The coaches – Coach Dan Brooks, Coach [Larry] Slade, Coach [Phil] Fulmer – all the coaches are good guys. Everyone out there was real cool with me and showed me a lot of love. I talked to the players…

"I would like to play somewhere where they have big stadium [and] big fans. The crowd is rocking, getting loud and pumped out there. Tennessee would be a good place for that.

"And plus it's an SEC schools, the strongest conference out there. If I go to Tennessee, I'll be playing against top notch teams that will do nothing but better myself."

Swearinger won't finalize his college decision until after taking his official visits. He says he might not take all five of his allotted visits, but will definitely officially visit Michigan, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Swearinger has received scholarship offers from the three schools he plans to officially visit, plus eight other colleges including Auburn and Illinois. Every school has offered him as a safety.

At Greenwood, Swearinger plays both safety and running back. Last fall, he recorded 93 tackles and an interception on defense, and rushed for 516 yards and nine touchdowns on offense. He also blocked two punts returning one for a touchdown, and two field goal attempts.

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