Catching Up With Swenson

Michigan 2016 OT commit Erik Swenson talks the latest with Michigan and more.

Michigan 2016 offensive tackle commit Erik Swenson was one of the few U-M committed players who couldn’t make it to the Wolverines’ annual recruiting showcase on Sunday – the Barbecue at the Big House. According to the Downers Grove (Ill.) South standout, it was just a matter of a schedule conflict.

“Nothing has changed and Michigan is by far No. 1,” Swenson said on the reason behind missing Michigan’s annual recruiting showcase. “I was in Canada doing a two day paintball thing with my dad, we had planned it for over a year. So I couldn’t make it out this year. I called [U-M assistant Darrell] Funk after the barbecue and we talked about people that showed up and how everything went.”

With his explanation now behind him, Swenson raved about the hiring of newly acquired offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.

“I’ve talked to [coach Nussmeier] a couple of times and I think he is a perfect fit for Michigan,” Swenson said. “He brings good energy to all of the kids and I really like his ideas of changing and bringing a more modern approach to the offense.”

At 6-foot-7, 285-pounds, Swenson was last seen up in Ann Arbor for Michigan’s June football camp. This time, however, it was opportunity to soak in the Michigan coaching for the first time since he committed back in November, 2013.

“[It was]really nice,” Swenson said on U-M camp experience. “Less worry about finding a school or trying to get the scholarship. You can just focus more on what the coaches are teaching you.”

Including himself, Swenson is one of two commits in Michigan’s 2016 class. Although, he admits, he is quickly trying to change that.

“Well, now with Messiah [deWeaver] helping me,” Swenson said. “He was just looking at all the [recruits] at the barbecue. Also with the three running backs we offered, I would say we are going after them.”

In the meantime, the four-star prospect says he is focused on his junior season at South.

“Now that I am an upper classman,” Swenson said. “I’m just trying to dominate and work on my technique.”

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