Downers Grove (Ill.) South is home to future Wolverine Erik Swenson, who was originally committed to Michigan under former coach Brady Hoke since his sophomore year, making him U-M's first commit in its 2016 class.
What Swenson brings to the table is pure size, he stands at 6-foot7, 310-pounds, and fits the mold of a college offensive tackle. A frequent guest of U-M's summer camp, Swenson has clearly matured, and looks and plays stronger out on the field. His raw power is showcased, with his multiple pancake blocks, where he piles his opponent into the ground in Friday's game versus Hinsdale South (Ill.). He also shows good, but not great feet. He will have to get better in that area. Going up against faster opponents could give him trouble. As a pass blocker, however, he showed adequate blocking skills and showed a good first punch out of his stance.
Overall, Swenson will most likely need to redshirt as a freshman. But that all could change with a good camp and if he continues to get stronger. He certainly has the ability to see the field early on in his Michigan career.
Swenson gives his thoughts on playing for future offensive line coach 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.”
Highlights: Downers Grove vs. Hinsdale South (Ill.)