I'll Know It When It Hits Me

New Orleans (LA) Brother Martin High School elite athlete Tre Swilling has been offered by some of the top programs in country. Saturday Tre visited one of those schools on his tour of four of the schools that have offered.

Profile - Tre Swilling

New Orleans (LA) Brother Martin High School elite athlete Tre Swilling has been offered by some of the top programs in country. Saturday Tre visited one of those schools on his tour of four of the schools that have offered.

Tre made the trip to Atlanta to visit Georgia Tech. His brother Bruce Jordan-Swilling also made the trip. The visit reinforced Tech as a school that will be in Tre’s recruitment for the long run. "It was amazing. I loved every minute of my time there. I'd give it a solid ten."

Even though Tech was holding their football camp, the purpose of the trip was to see the campus and talk to the coaches. Tre spent most of his time with Coaches Ted Roof and Bryan Cook but he also spent time with cornerback coach Joe Speed. Tre and Coach Speed talked about schemes and the position they felt he should play. “Coach Roof talked about how they liked tall corners. They felt that my height and weight (6’1”-191) would make a good boundary corner.”

Coach Roof and Trey’s dad (Pat) played together at Tech. Tre, his dad, and Coach Roof are all very close. Tre is also good friends with Coach Roof’s son TD. T.D. Roof is being recruited by Tech to play linebacker. “We have joked about having a Swilling and a Roof playing defense like my dad and Coach Roof did back in the 80's.” Coach Roof and Tre’s dad played together on the physical “Black Watch” defense.

A combination of things has led to Tre’s high regard for Tech. “I love the city of Atlanta, the school itself and the program.” The campus also stood out to Tre but his high regard for the coaching staff is the one thing that stands out to Tre. “They showed my brother and me a lot of love and it was genuine.”

A return visit to Tech in July is a possibility for Tre. “I know I’ll be coming back for a few games this fall.” Next for Tre will be a Sunday trip to Alabama followed by a visit to LSU.

Swilling currently has twenty plus offers. He recently narrowed that list to ten. At the present time there are no plans to further trim the list. "I can tell you this. Georgia Tech will definitely be in my top five when I trim my list down."

Will having a dad that played for Tech make a difference in Tre’s recruitment? "I don't think it makes a difference either way. If I do go to Georgia Tech, I know there will be pressure to be top player. I feel that pressure would make me work even harder.” Tre knows that his dad will support whatever decision he makes and that if he does choose Tech, his dad knows he’ll be in good hands.”

When it comes time to make his decision, Tre’s relationship with coaching staffs will play an important role. The value of his degree will also be a factor. If I’m fortunate enough to play pro ball, I want a school that will honor my scholarship if I decide to return to school.” Finding a school that has connections to the business world will also be a factor for Tre.

Tre and his brother have talked about going to the same school but they both know they have do what is best for both of them. “If we find a school we both love and has the same things we each want, then we will go to that school. If not, then I see myself going to a school that fits what I want the best."

A date for that decision has not been set. "I'll know it when it hits me. It could be during the season or after but I'll know it and I’ll make my choice at that time."


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