Swann Discovers Dawgs

Getting to know the in-state school a little better, believe it or not, can be an eye-opening thing.

That's what happened for Grady's Damien Swann when he visited Georgia for their junior day.

"It was pretty nice. I was not too surprised because I knew about a lot of stuff about Georgia already," he said. "Coach Garner has told me that they are very interested in getting me to sign with them."

It seemed, Swann indicated, that Alabama had taken a brief lead in his recruitment before he visited Athens. Now, the two SEC programs are neck-and-neck, and the Grady star was given the full treatment from Georgia to get him to that point.

"I got a chance to talk with some of the coaches when I was up there," Swann said. "I spoke with Coach Richt personally. I think I talked with every coach on the staff. It made me feel important. Coach Richt just told me that I could have a big impact on the program. He told me that they would put a package in for me on offense."

Richt and company may be using the same blueprint to recruit Swann as they did fellow City of Atlanta native Branden Smith. The two players have a lot in common in terms of their hometowns, their ability to play offense and defense and the attention they are receiving in recruiting circles.

The advantage Georgia has over other schools, however, is that they actually signed Smith. The talented soon-to-be sophomore was up front with Swann: he said Georgia, specifically Mark Richt, stuck to their word.

"I got a chance to talk with Branden Smith before I left," Swann said. "He told me that the coaches are hard on you, but they want the best. He said that Coach Richt told him things, and that he did exactly what he said he was going to do."

That fact and the interaction over the weekend made Georgia come to the forefront of Swann's recruiting. He said he's more interested in the Dawgs now because he knows they are interested in him.

"It helped to let me know that they are interested," he said of the trip to Georgia. "They come by Grady as much as they are allowed."

Another factor going in Georgia's favor is the recent recruiting success in the class of 2011, Swann said.

"I know they got a linebacker today to commit yesterday," he acknowledged. "I think it shows the effect Georgia has on the 2011 class to make everyone commit early. Georgia has to have a pretty good program for people to commit before their senior season even starts."

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