2016 OL Erik Swenson talks U-M (w/video)

Downers Grove South (Ill.) 2016 offensive lineman Erik Swenson showcased why he one of the top players in his class in last Sunday's Core 6 Lineman challenge. GBW, caught up with Swenson as he talked about his performance, his early recruitment, his thoughts on Michigan, his next visit to Ann Arbor, and more. ***Video Interview/Highlights***

Downers Grove South (Ill.) 2016 offensive lineman, Erik Swenson, has only one year of high school football under his belt, but is already generating interest from big time programs.

Currently, Swenson has an offer from Illinois and his getting interest form notable programs Michigan, Northwestern and Notre Dame.

At 6-foot-6, 285-pounds, Swenson participated in the Core 6 Lineman camp in Addison, Ill., last Sunday and held his own in the competition part of the event.

"I think I did pretty well in the first hour," Swenson told GoBlueWolverine. "It was agility running and we did shuttle runs and everything. The second round, I did okay. It's my first time doing football in a longtime. So I am just here getting ready for summer camp and a few other college camps."

Swenson says in plans on camping at Illinois, Michigan, Northwestern and Notre Dame camps this summer. What exactly is looking for on these camp visits?

"Just see what type of coaching they are," Swenson said. "See the facilities, just see what the players are like, just see if they're happy or not."

Coming out the seventh grade, Swenson went on a football camp tour with his father, and camped at Michigan where he had a found memory with current U-M All-American, Taylor Lewan.

We got to the camp about a half hour early," Swenson recalled. "We were just walking around seeing the campus. It was my first time there. Michigan has always been my dream school. We went by the baseball field and I guess there was a high school game playing. We just saw (Lewan) walking. He just this massive guy. We knew he played, but I really didn't know who he was. But my dad knew right away who he was. We talked to him for a little while. He just a really chilled back guy."

Swenson was unable to attend the Michigan spring game due to schedule conflict with his track & field meet. However, he plans on coming back to Ann Arbor this summer for the Wolverine football camp. Like earlier stated, Swenson wants to check out the football program after already getting a chance to see the high character of coach Brady Hoke on his last visit.

"Just see the facilities and see what the coaches are like. I've already met coach Hoke and he's amazing. I remember the first time I met coach (Hoke) outside of the camp, it was 6 a.m. and he was helping little kids cross the street. So, he just a great guy," Swenson said on his visit two years ago.

"The stadium is about my size too. Big people need big stadiums. So it's awesome."

One subject Swenson said is and the top of his recruitment—is academics.

"Academics is everything," Swenson exclaimed. "You play football for maybe 10 years max, if you're lucky one. School is everything, you have your degree forever. That will never leave you. Your NFL career can leave you the first day. …You go to school for not four years but for 40 years. So this, academics is everything. I want to go into Business, cause I am pretty good with math. Michigan has a great school for business, all the Big Ten schools do. I'll definitely be staying local. I won't being going to USC or any SEC schools."

Swenson says it too early to gauge a decision timeline.


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