Swenson "Ecstatic" over Michigan Offer

Downers Grove (Ill.) South 2016 OT, Erik Swenson, received an offer form U-M today and his father talks in depth about his sons offer from the Wolverines and more.

The University of Michigan football program just extended a scholarship offer to Downers Grove (Ill.) South 2016 offensive tackle, Erik Swenson, earlier today.

The Wolverines' are the second school to offer the Lincoln state standout. As he also holds an offer from nearby Illinois.

"I would say we are ecstatic!" said his father, Swen Swenson. "We are absolutely ecstatic to receive such an incredible offer. To receive an offer like that, we be lying if we didn't tell you it was one of Erik's dreams by all means to get an offer by Michigan. It's probably been his favorite school since day one.

"This doesn't mean it will be his final selection, but it is right there at the top two or three for sure, if not No. 1. So, to get an offer from them at his age is very, very exciting. And for Erik, he will keep working tremendously hard and he certainly wants to keep getting bigger, get stronger and he is doing all of those things. Including, he is working as hard as he can to keep his grades where he wants them to be."

At 6-foot-6, 285-pounds, Swenson has always been a lifelong Michigan fan and it was well received when coach Darrell Funk extended the offer earlier today.

"We love coach Funk," Swen Swenson said. "We love coach (Brady) Hoke. We're very excited. We will be at their camp next month. So, we are really excited to get back there and see everybody and have them have a chance to spend some more time with Erik one-on-one in the camp. And really have chance to see the faculties again. The Glick Center is a amazing just in Michigan football and college football in itself."

While Swenson has camped at U-M before, this time around his father says he would like to see more of what the campus has to offer.

"We never really had a chance to go around the campus of Michigan," Swen Swenson said. "We kind of want to drive up and walk around the campus. I think that is one of things we are hoping to do this year that were unable to do two years ago."

Part of the allure of the Maize and Blue, said Swen Swenson, is their tradition of producing quality left tackles.

"Erik is a left tackle and it's matter of dreaming of playing in the Big House, and falling in the footsteps of Jake Long and soon to be Taylor Lewan, who will probably go No. 1 in the draft next year if he stays healthy. Those are kind of hard footsteps not to want to follow, are they?" sail the elder Swenson.

As far as decision timeline, Erik's father thinks his son will most likely make a late commitment.

"I think he will really make his choice until after his senior year of football," said Swen Swenson. "It could change, but I don't think so. I think he is going to look at all his options and learn about the different academic programs at all the schools. I got to be honest, Michigan is such an awesome academic school and Erik is either interested in becoming a coach or sports management, I know with the Ross school there and Steve Ross being the owner of the Dolphins. And I know with current and former NFL guys that come in and learn business and things like that—it is very exciting for Erik."

But his father did admit Michigan is pretty high on his sons current school list.

"Well if I had to pick Erik's top-five schools. It would be Michigan No.1 without a doubt. Notre Dame probably No. 2. Northwestern No. 3., and I would say Ohio State No.4. and maybe Stanford at (No. 5)."

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