Lincoln on the agenda

A short time ago, Nebraska made an offer to Ohio standout Bobby Swigert, a speedy playmaker from Louisville high school. With offers already in hand from the entire MAC conference, and around 10 BCS programs, can Nebraska find their way on to his eventual list of favorites? We get the latest from Bobby in this exclusive update with Big Red Report.

Calling Bobby Swigert (6-1/176) a utility player would probably be a vast understatement. The do-it-all football player from Louisville (OH.) literally never comes off the field for his high school squad. But for a guy like Bobby, that's right up his alley.

"You could say I'll be like a jack-of-all-trades this year. The past two years I just played wide receiver, in the slot and some on the outside. But this year I'll be starting at quarterback, we will be running the spread.

"I have a strong arm, my only problem is accuracy," laughed Swigert. "But I can run really good (4.47), and we will be in the shotgun every play, so I'll do what I have to do to make plays. I'll probably lead the team in rushing attempts too.

"I'll also be starting on defense this year at corner, and I'm the punter, and I do all the kick and punt returns. I'll be staying busy out there."

Swigert, who is being recruited solely at wide receiver for the next level, would like to be able to showcase his talents this year at wide-out. But in the best interest of the team, he's willing to play another position.

"It's tough, but what can we do? We don't really have another quarterback that would be able to get the ball to me anyway. We just have to do what it takes to win, nothing else really matters."

Where are you offer wise?

"I don't know the exact number. I know I have offers from all the schools in the MAC, I think that's like nine schools. My bigger offers are from Boston College, Nebraska, Michigan, Stanford, Colorado, Cincinnati, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Wisconsin. I think that's all of them."

Growing up in Ohio, Bobby said he rooted for a team that wasn't very popular in the Buckeye state.

"I liked Notre Dame when I was a kid, and that didn't go over very well living around here. It can get pretty crazy around here on Saturdays."

Are you being recruited by Notre Dame, and if they offer is it commit time?

"I am being recruited by them, but I wouldn't shut every thing down. Now that I'm in this position, I need to take advantage of it and look at all my options before I commit anywhere."

What are your plans for the rest of summer, and have you visited any campuses so far?

"I've visited Ohio State, Michigan and Pittsburgh. I'm flying out to Stanford on July 24th I think. Then I'm actually visiting Nebraska on my way home from California."

Bobby then went on to talk about how Nebraska became involved in his recruitment.

"I wasn't really getting a lot of contact, maybe just a letter here and there. Then my uncle sent them an email and said ‘hey, you need to check this kid out'. After that we sent Nebraska my highlight tape. Then about four weeks ago I talked to the coaches, and they said they were very impressed. I got the offer about two days later.

"I don't remember who the coach was, but he seemed like a real nice guy. I emailed somebody too, but I don't know who that is."

Was Nebraska a school you were familiar with before you got the offer?

"I didn't know a lot. But I know they have a lot of tradition, and they have some of the best facilities in the nation. I've seen them play on television a few times too. I know the head coach is from Youngstown, I think he still has a lot of family over there."

Where are you in the process, are there any early favorites?

"I guess I've pretty much ruled out the MAC. I'm open to all the BCS schools that have offered me, I haven't narrowed it down to a top five or anything yet. I'll probably do that later this summer. But Nebraska is a school I have a lot of interest in."

Bobby also talked about the essential things he's looking for in a program.

"The main thing I'm looking for is good academics, I need a school that's good academically. But I want to balance the academics out with great football as well. I would like to play for a program that has big football tradition, because that's the way my high school is. The offensive system is important too, I'll be playing in it four or five years.

"Distance from home will be no factor at all, I really want to get out of here for college."

And when it comes to making a decision, Bobby said there are no time constraints.

"I'm not one of those guys that's going to be setting a date or anything like that. When I find the right place, I'll commit right then. I'm not going to hold back for visits or anything. If I know it's the right place, I'll just commit. I'd like to take a couple officials, but it's not something I'd have to do."

Bobby is a solid baseball prospect as well, and few schools have mentioned the possibility of him playing both in college. He reports a 3.9 GPA, and is undecided on his major to this point. When asked who was recruiting him the hardest, Bobby replied "Probably Stanford, Michigan and Pittsburgh". Stay with Big Red Report as we update you on his recruitment leading up to his summer visit to Lincoln.

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