Irish interested in Swenson

2016 offensive tackle Erik Swenson of Downers Grove (Ill.) South already has an offer from Illinois, and he's garnering attention from big-time programs. His father, Swen Swenson, talks about his recruitment and what schools are showing the most interest.

He's just a freshman, but he's caught the attention of the nation's elite programs. Offensive tackle Erik Swenson of Downers Grove (Ill.) South is already considered one of the best players in his class.

The 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle was offered by Illinois last December, and he's also receiving interest from programs like Michigan, Notre Dame, and Northwestern.

"I'll try to set the record straight," Swen Swenson, Erik's father said. "He doesn't have a verbal offer from Notre Dame. He's getting a lot of interest from Notre Dame though, especially recently. [Offensive line] coach (Harry) Hiestand was supposed to come by two weeks ago, but he told us he would have to reschedule because Notre Dame had just landed two big commitments on the East Coast and he was busy with that. Heistand said he's really excited to see him and tell him more about Notre Dame."

Swenson said his son started turning heads the summer after 7th grade.

"It started two years ago when he was at Michigan's camp, the summer after his 7th grade," Swenson said. "[Head coach] Brady Hoke said that if he was junior, Michigan would have offered right then. Erik also camped at Notre Dame two years ago and he really enjoyed it. He'll camp there again this summer June 22 for the lineman camp."

"He was hoping to get over to Notre Dame for the spring game, but he does track and field (shot and discus), and he had a meet that weekend, so he couldn't make it," Swenson said.

Swenson also plans to camp at Northwestern and Michigan, and he's already seen a plethora of coaches come by his school during the evaluation period.

"Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern is all over him, and Erik visited there in April," Swenson said. "Erik's mom grew up a Northwestern fan, and our family has ties there."

"Michigan State, Penn State, Iowa, and Tennessee have all stopped by to watch him work out recently," Swenson said. "Ohio State wants him to give their coaches a call, and Stanford has asked to see his transcripts. He's gotten letters from Georgia and Vanderbilt."

Swenson said his son grew up a Michigan fan, but he's keeping his options open for where he goes to college.

"It's still early right now and he's so young," Swenson said. "I think he'll stay closer to home though. He likes the Midwest."

Stability of the coaching staff is going to be a key factor in Swenson's decision.

"A big thing for Erik and what is going to sway where he goes is who the coaches are going to be when he gets there," Swenson said. "There's a lot of movement in football."

Athleticism runs in the Swenson family, and Erik isn't the only one looking at Notre Dame.

"My daughter in 7th grade is camping at Notre Dame this summer as well for lacrosse; I think Notre Dame would be her dream school if she could play there," Swenson said.

"Maybe she and Erik would be a package deal," Swenson said laughing.


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