Iowa consistently sent mail to Matt Swaine throughout last year. The Illinois defensive end then mailed his highlight film to the school at season's end like the Hawkeyes had requested. He received no response.
Swaine found it strange but continue on with other schools, figuring he would hear back from Iowa if it was interested in him. Maybe the Hawkeyes just were looking elsewhere to fill up his position.
Swaine then recently met up with Riley McMinn, a former player at his Rochester (IL) High and current Hawkeye.
"I sent (his highlight tape) to Coach (Lester) Erb," Swaine said. "They ended up letting him go so they never got my highlight film. So, I just sent it to them again about a week ago. I just found out when Riley came home that they let him go."
The 6-foot-7, 210-pound Swaine said he will be camping at Iowa on June 10. He plans on attending similar events at Vanderbilt, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Missouri and Illinois. The June 14 stop in Evanston is a showcase that includes scouts from most of the MAC and Ivy League schools as well as other institutions.
"I've heard from a lot of schools this spring," Swaine said. "I've had about 16 coaches come and talk to me over the past few weeks at school."
Illinois, Purdue, Western Michigan, Western Illinois, Eastern Illinois, Southern Illinois, Northern Illinois, Harvard, Pennsylvania and Ball State were among the colleges that saw him at Rochester High, he said.
Swaine attended a junior day at Vanderbilt in March. California visited his school in May.
"(The Golden Bears coach) told me that they're interested in me and they're going to watch how I develop this summer and as the season goes on," Swaine said. "They want to get more game film."
Swaine brings to mind McMinn when he was a prep. McMinn now is 6-7 and 260 pounds, 45 more than he weight when he first arrived in Iowa City.