Swenson Talks Michigan, Upcoming Visit

Michigan 2016 OT commit Erik Swenson gives his thoughts on U-M's season so far, his next planned visit to campus and more.

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. -- At 6-foot-7, 310-pounds, Michigan 2016 OT commit Erik Swenson can literally impose his will on opposing defenses.

On Friday, however, he was supposed to have his first real test, when given the challenge of facing future rival and current Michigan State 2016 DE commit – Josh King.

But due to a lingering ankle injury, King was unable to play. So naturally, Swenson did his thing – and dominated -- with multiple pancake blocks in a losing effort, as Hinsdale South (Ill.) defeated Swenson’s Downers Grove (Ill.) South, 42-20.

“I feel like I had a good game,” Swenson said. “I did have a few pancake blocks as you mentioned. Just wherever I go I try to get my block done and maybe get a pancake if I can. I know Josh king was dealing with an ankle injury; I would of loved to against good competition. It just couldn’t happen (on Friday).”

Swenson, who has been committed to U-M since his sophomore year, has been keeping a watchful eye on what’s going with his future school. In particular, he gave his review of Michigan’s first game under coach Jim Harbaugh.

“It was the first game under Harbaugh, we were right into the game all the way till the pick six,” Swenson said. “If we didn’t throw that pick six, it would have been 17-17. That would’ve been a great game. I think the offense and defense are so close, we just need to get after it a little bit more. I think they can be a great football team.”

And when he finally does arrive in Ann Arbor, Swenson says he’s looking forward to playing under offensive coordinator Tim Drevno.

“I like Coach Drevno,” Swenson said “He’s got an old fashioned personality. I like what he’s doing. He’s going to do good things. Overall he’s a good coach. We bond really well. He’s a great recruiter and he knows his stuff.”

Adding: “If you want to go to the next level, he’s one of the best coaches in the business to do that.”

Swenson says his next planned visit to U-M’s campus is when Michigan plays host to Northwestern on Oct. 10.

“I just want to see them execute,” he said. “I really just want to see them win. I just want to see Michigan football do what they do best – and just win.”

And if asked, Swenson admits he’ll put on his best recruiting hat for U-M.

“If guys are interested, I’ll just try to do my part and I’ll just tell them what I know about Michigan,” he said.

In the meantime, he says his focus is on his senior season at Downers Grove South.

“I’m just trying to finish out the season as best as we can,” Swenson said. “Just working out five to six days a week to get stronger when I go to Michigan.”

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