Swenson Reflects on U-M Camp Experience

Downers Grove (Ill.) South '16 OT, Erik Swenson talks U-M camp, working coach Funk and more.

It's no secret the Erik Swenson has certain affection for the Michigan Wolverines. In fact, he has admitted growing up a fan of the football program since his early childhood.

With that thought in mind, Swenson had the opportunity to go up to Michigan's team football camp last month, and the Downers Grove (Ill.) High 2016 offensive line prospect had nothing but positive things to say about his visit to Ann Arbor, Mich.

"I think I had I great experience at Michigan's camp," Swenson said. "All the practices went well. All the coaching went well. I had a great time with coach (Darell) Funk. It was just a great camp. …It was different playing against older guys. I did it last year (in high school), but last year wasn't the best competition—and at Michigan you have people from all around the world."

What really stuck out on Swenson's camp experience was the hands on coaching of Funk, who offered Swenson a football scholarship to U-M back in May.

"It was definitely was a lot of fun," Swenson said on working with Funk. "Every time we went in the 1-on-1s, I would come back and we would talk for second and he would tell me what I did wrong or what I did right. I liked how he was close with all the players and how he would actually watch and take the extra time out of his hands to actually coach you, rather then just saying ‘good job' or ‘work on it next time.' "

Swenson, camped at Michigan in 2011, but didn't get a full tour of the Michigan football facilities on his visit.

"This year coach Funk took me and my family on a private tour everywhere," Swenson said. "It kind of amazed me and the facilities were great. I talked with coach Funk for about two hours and after that I talked with coach (Brady) Hoke, who came out afterwards and talked for about five minutes. Even the offensive coordinator (Al Borges talked with me.) This is the one school that I am really close with every coach they have there. Other colleges I am close with the recruiter and the head coach. But Michigan is the one school I am really close with all the coaches and staff members and everybody."

Michigan was the third team camp Swenson attended in June. He attended Illinois and Northwestern prior to coming to U-M. He attended Notre Dame for a one day camp after his camp visit with the Wolverines later in June. The Irish, along with Michigan, Ohio State, Northwestern and Illinois, are the only school yet to offer Swenson in his top-five.

"I worked with the Notre Dame (offensive line coach,)" Swenson said on Notre Dame camp experience. "He had some guys who were committed there. So he spent a lot more time with them then the rest of the other campers. I could see him asking me to come out again next year. That would probably be the only camp I would go to again, considering Notre Dame is in my top-five and they are the only one who hasn't offered yet."

Swenson says his next trip to U-M will be for the annual Barbecue at the Big House later this month. He said he also plans on attending the Michigan when the maize and Blue play host to rival Notre Dame on Sep. 7.

In the meantime, Swenson, who comes in at 6-foot-6, 285-pounds, is looking forward to having a huge sophomore season.

"Going into my sophomore season I am basically working on everything to get better. Pass blocking is something to improve on. Run blocking and other things, too. I need to work hard in the weight room. We have a new coach this year, so the offense is going to be a little different. It's going to be good this year hopefully."


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