Iowa is recruiting a tall, slender defensive end from Rochester (IL) High School. No, you're not reading a story from two years ago. The program that sent the Hawkeyes Riley McMinn in the 2011 class boasts another prospect of familiar stature.
"I've been told that I play like him," Matt Swaine said. "I've watched some film of his and we look pretty similar. Obviously, we're both very tall and skinny."
The 6-foot-7, 208-pound Swaine visited Iowa for a game last fall. He was being recruited by assistant Lester Erb, who has since left the program.
"I had a relationship with (Erb),' Swaine said. "He came to my high school and talked to me and invited me on an unofficial visit. Eric Johnson has been filling in for him. He has been consistently sending me mail for the past six months."
Swaine, who awaits his first scholarship offer, also is hearing from Vanderbilt, Michigan State, Indiana, Army, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia and Dartmouth, he said. He is scheduled to be at Vandy's junior day on March 23.
"I guess you can be impatient at times but you just have to keeps working in the weight room and believe that one day (scholarship offers) will come," Swaine said.
Swaine said he will take other visits and attend camps this spring and summer but has yet to schedule any of those stops.
"Honestly, at this point, I'm not sweating it," Swaine said of recruiting. "I want to find a university that's right for me. I want to be able to call that university home for the next four or five years and be happy. However long that takes, it takes."
Swaine, who plans to major in engineering, is looking for a program with a stable coaching situation.
"I want to have the same head coach from freshman year to my senior year," he said.
Swaine said that his versatility would allow him to play in either a three- or four-man front. McMinn, who has bulked up since arriving in Iowa City, advises his successor to keep working hard to accomplish his goals.
"The biggest thing that he told me is to keep trying to put on weight," Swaine said. "He said to just keep with the protein shakes and get in the weight room every day and try to get bigger."