Michigan is "My Dream School" says Swenson

Downers Grove (Ill.) South 2016 OT, Erik Swenson talks his U-M love affair and his recent offers and more.

Erik Swenson is having a pretty good week for freshman in high school.

But not all freshman are 6-foot-6, 285-pounds, and are projected to play left tackle in college either.

Swenson, who stars for Downers Grove (Ill.) South, was offered by Ohio State, Michigan and Virginia Tech in the past week. He also hold an offer from in-state Illinois.

"I just thought it was crazy when programs were coming in and saying ‘hi'," Swenson told GoBlueWolverine. "I thought it was crazy and I didn't think I was getting offered by any of these schools. Then when Ohio State offered, and I started thinking about it a lot more. Then Michigan offered yesterday. Then Virginia Tech just showed up today. It's just got adrenaline pumping right now."

While Swenson is overjoyed with the offers on the table. His offer from the Wolverines' held him "speechless" after Michigan coach Darrell funk offered on the phone Wednesday evening.

"I was a little speechless, you could even ask coach Funk," Swenson recalled. "He told me about it and I really didn't say a word for about two minutes. Then I realized I was on the phone with him still."

The reason behind Swenson's loss of words is his love affair with Michigan football. He has been a fan of the program most of his life.

"Michigan has always been my dream school," Swenson said. "Ever since my dad and I have watched football together, I have always loved Michigan. I have family up there and they always taught us to be Michigan fans. I have been in love with the school ever since."

Now that Swenson his Michigan offer, he says the Maize and Blue will be a staple in his top-five for the foreseeable future.

"They are definitely in the top-five," Swenson said. "I mean, a lot can change in three years. But Michigan definitely has a higher priority than some of these other schools. Like I said, I want to keep my options open in case something happens."

Starting in June, Swenson will be attending football camps at Illinois, Northwestern, Michigan and Notre Dame. He said he plans on attending the Michigan camp from June 15-19 and is hoping to connect with the coaches during his camp visit.

"Just get to know the coaches better," said Swenson, who camped at U-M in 2011. "I met a lot of them two years ago, but I didn't really have too much time to talk to them, cause they were so busy in camp. So, maybe I would like to take a little one-on-one time to talk to each coach and see what kind of people they are like.

"I would love to check out the campus. I've seen a lot of pictures up there and I really never seen the whole facility for myself. So, if I can make time and the coaches can make time, I would love to see the facilities."

In the meantime, Swenson says he's focused on having a huge sophomore campaign by hitting the weight room every day.

"I'm going to be the first one in the weight room and the last one out," Swenson said. "I will always be on the field working. A lot of the seniors I went to school with got their college workouts from schools they are going to. So, I will definitely going in with them on their workouts."

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