Swoopes, whose dad Patrick Swoopes, Sr., played football at Mississippi State from 1982 to 1985 and in the pros for seven more years, has learned a lot about the game of football from his dad.
"He started off teaching me the fundamentals of the game first," said Swoopes "Once I got past that point and reached the level that I am now at, he, basically, has taught me how to deal with the mental part of the game."
Not only has he had the benefit of a dad who played and understands the game of football, but he also has size (6-5.5, 305), strength (305 bench press and 425 squat) and two other things that all the great linemen have.
"I can move well for a person my size and I have good hands," said Swoopes.
While he is still waiting on his first scholarship offer, dozens of colleges have made it known that they have interest in him by way of their letters.
"I've received letters from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Florida, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Marshall, Louisiana Tech, Air Force, Rice, Southern Miss, Minnesota, Alcorn State, Georgia and 10 or 15 others," said Swoopes, a first-time starter this past season.
Swoopes plans on camping at the teams that are showing the most interest in him. Included among those lucky schools are Mississippi State, Alabama, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Florida and possibly Notre Dame.
As for what schools are currently his favorites, not surprisedly, being from the south puts a certain group at the forefront of his list.
"I like mostly SEC schools, Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Georgia, LSU and Mississippi State," Swoopes said. "To me, in the past years, the SEC has been the most dominant conference."
While no school has stepped out as the early leader, when asked whether his dad playing at Mississippi State would influence him in any way, Swoopes said, "with my dad playing there, it is a good thing in the fact that I could follow in his footsteps."
While his dad left some mighty big footsteps at Mississippi State, there is no doubt in my mind that the younger Swoopes - known as Patrick, Junior by his friends and family - will also leave some big footsteps of his own at whatever college he chooses to attend.
Gene Swindoll is the publisher/owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the source for Mississippi State sports on TheInsiders sports network. You can contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.