Rahmon Swain talks K-State
"They offered me about four weeks before I went to their spring game," said Rahmon Swain. "I talked with Joe Bob Clements. He said they liked my game film from Butler. Basically, he told me they liked my relentless style, my speed of the edge, and that I was the type of linebacker they were looking for."
Swain made the trip to Manhattan, Kansas with Butler teammates Dreamius Smith and Tommy Sanders for the annual Purple/White Spring Game on April 28th.
"I was pretty impressed," Swain remarked. "I got to meet Bill Snyder. He's a legend. We walked around campus to see how it was. Then we watched the game. It was a pretty good game. I think I could come in and help on D, so I saw that as a good thing. Then I talked a little while with the linebackers coach."
Swain played high school football at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School in Lithonia, Ga. before he landed at Butler. He was a four year starter and led the team in tackles in his junior and senior seasons. Swain committed to Kent State as a senior, but after failing to qualify decided to go the junior college route for a second chance at Division 1 football.
"This year I really grew in my overall knowledge of the game," Swain stated. "After every practice I study film with my linebacker coach. I want to become a great student of the game like my idol, Ray Lewis. I want to be a leader this year for my team. I was a leader last year, but didn't get to finish the season because of my knee injury."
Swain tore is PCL in the November 6th game against Dodge City causing him to miss the final two games of the Grizzlies' season. He made 52 tackles in 10 games, three sacks, nine tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and three pass deflections.
"I'm coming off rehab strong," said Swain. "I just thank God for the drive and the motivation that helped me return for our spring game. I'm feeling good and getting my speed back."
Texas A&M offered Swain and teammate Tommy Sanders last week. There are also a number of other schools showing him a lot of interest, so a commitment is not necessarily coming anytime soon for Swain.
"I'm hearing from USF, Boise State, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss," said Swain. "I like the Big 12, but I also like the SEC. Growing up in the Atlanta area I'd love to be able to compete against some of my friends I played with or played against in high school.
"I really want to go somewhere I can make an impact. I'm going to bring hard work and dedication with me. I'm doing it for my family. It's been a struggle for us. We've come a long way from having nothing. I've got a story to tell."
Swain moved to the Atlanta area from Cincinnati when he was in the seventh grade. He has seven brothers and two sisters and was raised by a single mother. While at MLK High School, he played with such talents as Stephen Hill, a recent NFL second round draft pick, Patrick Hampton, who just finished his career at USF, Mack Brown, a Florida running back, and Joel Kight, a linebacker at Ole Miss.
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