The Class of 2010 is just about wrapped up for the Tigers as they currently hold 24 verbal pledges leaving room for just a few more. One of the prospects remaining on the Tigers’ short list is Pat Swilling, Jr. (6’4, 225, 4.5).
Up until just a couple of weeks ago, the Brother Martin High School product held just a few offers from programs such as Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Kentucky, but now Swilling claims to have received three more proving his stock is on the rise.
“I picked up three new offers in the past two weeks,” Swilling informed. “Auburn, Miami, and Virginia Tech offered me.”
Swilling claimed the three programs that provided him with his latest offers have all made his initial cut, leaving him with a top five.
“I have a top five list, but I’m still waiting to see if I get more offers,” Swilling stated. “Right now my top five teams are Auburn, Miami, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and LSU. LSU hasn’t offered me yet, but they are still in my top five.”
Swilling hasn’t scheduled any official visits yet but those trips will go a long way towards helping him reach his decision.
“I plan on taking a couple of official visits before I make my decision,” Swilling added. “And the visits may determine the timing of my decision. I might commit soon or wait until signing day. I know for sure I will be taking a visit to Auburn and then to Miami in late January. Those are the only two I know for sure I will be taking.”
The Crusader paid an unofficial visit to LSU a couple of weeks ago while lobbying for an offer. Although the offer failed to arrive, Swilling left Baton Rouge with high hopes.
“I took an unofficial visit to LSU for the Arkansas game,” Swilling said. “I spoke to some of the players while I was there as well as all of the coaches. They didn’t offer me, but they did tell me how they were going to come down to my school to pick up some of my game film and evaluate me a little more. They told me how they haven’t used up all of their scholarships yet and they are still sending some offers out.”
One of the programs that offered early was Tennessee and that was largely due to Swilling’s relationship with former Tennessee and current LSU assistant coach Frank Wilson. Swilling is hoping to hear from LSU’s newly hired coach soon.
“Coach Wilson and I had a good relationship while he was at Tennessee,” Swilling admitted. “We haven’t spoken since he’s been at LSU, but I’m hoping we can get that same kind of relationship now that he is at LSU.
“I like Coach Wilson a lot and I think he is really going to help LSU,” Swilling continued. “I like LSU more now that Coach Wilson is there, but it didn’t really hurt Tennessee too much because I like the coaches that are still there. I like Tennessee’s tradition and their program.”
Note: Swilling finished his senior season with 30 tackles, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and one score.