Pitino makes big move for Jared Swopshire

Rick Pitino recently made a big move for Jared Swopshire, a Scout.com Top 100 prospect. Pitino went to see the 6-foot-7, 180-pound small forward at Florida's IMG Academy last week and offered a scholarship. Where does Louisville stand with Swopshire?

Rick Pitino recently made a big move for Jared Swopshire, a Scout.com Top 100 prospect. Pitino went to see the 6-foot-7, 180-pound small forward at Florida's IMG Academy last week and offered a scholarship.

"Louisville offered a scholarship last week," said Matt Ramker, Swopshire's AAU coach. "Coach Pitino came down with Richard to evaluate him and after the workout decided they wanted to offer him a scholarship."

Apparently, Pitino's track record of developing players and preparing them for the NBA has Swopshire interested in playing for the Cardinals in 2008-09.


Rick Pitino offered Jared Swopshire
a scholarship after visiting the
four-star SF in Florida last week.
"He has a lot of respect for Coach Pitino and the success that he's had with all the guys at Louisville and at Kentucky," Ramker said. "He's just very interested to visit and learn more about what Louisville has to offer him."

Swopshire has narrowed his list to three schools. Louisville, despite jumping into Swopshire's recruitment late in the summer, is right in the thick of things and have an excellent shot to land his signature during the early signing period this fall.

"Jared is highly interested in Louisville," said Ramker. "After our last AAU tournament in July, Richard Pitino was at the event and contacted me right after the event was over and started to get involved at that point.

"Jared's got it narrowed down to three schools – Louisville, Marquette and Clemson, in no particular order. All three schools are dead-even right now."

Originally from St. Louis, Swopshire has already made an official visit to Clemson. He'll visit Marquette Oct. 13 and will likely make a final stop to Louisville the following weekend before making his decision.

"He's been to Clemson officially and he's been to Marquette unofficially," Ramker said. "He's going to go to Marquette Midnight Madness weekend.

"We're working on a date with Louisville. Tentatively it's going to be the week after the first official weekend of practice. We've just got to nail that down here. Once he comes home from Louisville, he'll speak to his mom and dad and probably have a decision shortly after that last visit."

Rated the No. 89 prospect in the nation and the No. 19 small forward in the 2008 Class, Swopshire would be an important piece to Louisville's recruiting class on the wing.

"He's a highly skilled kid that is extremely athletic, has great size for the position – 6'7-6'8 – and shoots it very well," Ramker said. "He would be a kid that would step in and contribute right away at that level. He's got a very wiry, athletic frame, but he needs to get stronger. There's no doubt about that."


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