Jack Swanson, a 5-10, 175 pound safety out of Naples (Fla.) High School has given his commitment to play for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Swanson, who decided to end his recruiting process early, said interest was the main factor in his decision.
"Iowa really expressed the most interest in me," he said. "I thought it was pretty evident that they wanted me more than any other schools, so I figured ‘Why not?'"
"I figured if he liked it enough to go there and he can make the transition from our program to their program, I probably could too."
The coaching staff seemed surprised to receive a verbal commitment from Swanson, who informed head coach Kirk Ferentz of the news on Tuesday.
"We were only talking to Coach Ferentz when I made my commitment but he seemed genuinely excited about it," he said. "He expressed they didn't expect anything this soon, but they were pretty happy about it."
In the past 5 years, Iowa has played in 4 bowl games in Florida, starting with the Orange Bowl following the 2002 season. That exposure in Florida may have helped in landing Swanson.
"I know they're always pretty good, they won the Big Ten a couple years back," he said. "I didn't know a ton, but they really gave me a good understanding when recruiting started. They contacted me a lot and I got a good feel for what they're all about."
From the get-go, an early commitment was on Swanson's radar, and his family helped solidify his plans, talking with his high school coach about their options.
"My dad talked to them to get their input about what they thought about a possible early commitment, if they thought that was a good idea or not," Swanson said. "They all thought it was a pretty good idea if I really liked it and didn't have any negative feelings about it.
"It's a big weight off my shoulders. I don't have to worry about college football until high school football is over now."
Swanson, who runs a 4.45 40-yard dash, is the 4th known commitment to the Iowa Hawkeye program in the 2008 recruiting class.
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