Georgia DL plans return to Kentucky

One of many prospects who camped with Kentucky this summer, Maurice Swain says he's keeping in touch with the Wildcat staff on a regular basis and plans to make a return trip to Lexington early in the season.

One of many prospects who camped with Kentucky this summer, Maurice Swain says he's keeping in touch with the Wildcat staff on a regular basis and plans to make a return trip to Lexington early in the season.

"I talk to them a lot," said the LaGrange (Ga.) Troup County two-way lineman. "Coach Steve Pardue has been keeping in touch with me. He's been telling me how good their off-season has been and how excited they are about the way practice is going. He said they're real excited about getting the season started, and they want to get me back up there for a game sometime soon.

"I'll probably go to one of their games early in the season. I haven't decided which one yet, but I may go to a couple."

Asked if that's an indication of his interest level in the Cats, Swain said: "Yeah. I like them a lot right now. They're in my top three or four with Indiana, Cincinnati and South Florida."

Swain (6-6, 290) is also hearing from programs like Auburn, Florida State, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. he is currently rated three-stars and the No. 76 offensive tackle prospect nationally by Scout.com, although he says the UK staff informed him during camp that they'd like to get a first look at him on defense if he chooses the Wildcats.

"I prefer defense," he said. "It's my favorite."

Kentucky also may have an advantage from Swain's hometown, which has produced several Wildcats in recent years via LaGrange High School. Swain is crosstown at Troup, but already knows some of the UK players, past and present, including current graduate assistant Braxton Kelley.

"That helps," he said. "I know I'd fit in up there."

He also likes the idea that defensive line coach David Turner suggested when he was at camp.

"He told me there's a good chance I could come in and help them early," Swain said. "That's kind of what I'm looking for."

His senior season gets under way with a scrimmage on Aug. 23 and the regular season on Aug. 31. Swain, who had 43 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a junior, said he's hoping to double those figures this year.


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