ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with 2016 DT prospect Jovan Swann 6’3” 265 Greenwood (IN) Center Grove following his unofficial visit to Missouri. He talked about his Missouri visit, and he updated us on the current status of his recruitment.
“It was a great visit,” said Swann, speaking of his unofficial visit to Missouri on Monday. “First off, we went on a tour of campus. It was very nice! It doesn’t seem too big, but it actually is a very big campus. We were impressed with it. I liked the people. I definitely had an appreciation of the people on campus, everywhere we went. They were welcoming. They seemed glad to see us.”Swann currently holds “almost twenty offers”, including offers from Army, Ball State, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Miami (OH), Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Navy, North Carolina, Northwestern, Purdue, Vanderbilt, and Western Michigan, in addition to Missouri.
“I want to thank the football staff, and the strength and conditioning staff, and the academic staff, for welcoming us there, and showing us around, and allowing us to learn what Missouri’s all about,” Swann continued to talk about his Missouri visit. “That’s what I took away from it. The people of Missouri, they mean well, all around.”
Swann is an excellent student who wants to become an orthodontist, so he valued the time he spent with the academic staff in the chemistry department. He told ShowMeMizzou.com that he learned that from an academic standpoint, Missouri offers him what he wants. Swann is also very strong and athletic. He reported a personal best of 4.91seconds in the 40-yard dash, to go along with a bench press maximum of 435 pounds, and a squat max of 500 pounds. He was impressed with the Missouri strength and conditioning coach.
“I met with Dr. Ivey,” explained Swann. “He was an excellent leader in that weight room, strength and conditioning. It was a great time, sitting with him. That was the first stop we made. And it made an impact on the whole visit, with him just showing his passion, and also ending with a highlight clip of how they work in the weight room. You know, it opened your eyes to what Missouri is all about.”
Swann has been talking to Missouri Assistant Coach Cornell Ford, with whom he met on Monday. He also got to meet for the first time with Missouri Defensive Line Coach Craig Kuligowski. Swann went on to say that Coach Kool made a very favorable impression on him.
“I have respect for that whole staff,” explained Swann. “They showed us hospitality on that visit, and they structured my day so we could get all the information we could…………………………………………. I hadn’t spoken to Coach Kool until this day. He’s for sure a laid back coach. He definitely knows what he’s talking about at all times.”
Swann also met with Coach Pinkel. He said that Coach Pinkel made a very favorable impression on Swann and his father.
“(Coach Pinkel) said that they need student athletes of my caliber and quality and character at Missouri,” explained Swann. “He didn’t pressure me. He respected my timeline and how I’m going through the process. There was no pressure. But he knew about me as an athlete and as a student.”
Swann said that Coach Ford made sure that they met with Missouri red-shirt freshman linebacker and Indianapolis-area native, Brandon Lee, who Swann said had played in the same conference as Swann.
“(Brandon Lee) speaks very highly of Missouri,” explained Swann. “He speaks very highly of Missouri. I appreciate that he spoke openly about it. He seemed sincere.”
Swann said that Missouri also made a very favorable impression on his father.
Swann plans to narrow things down next month, and make a decision later this year. He wasn’t ready to name his top five, but he did say that Missouri will “for sure” be on that list. He plans to take an official visit to Missouri later this year.