The process has been lengthy for Swain, who plans on double majoring in business administration and marketing, with a possible minor in French. Thus far, he hasn't been able to put one school ahead of another when combining football and academics.
"Each school has a leg up over another one in some department, so I can't really rank them until I have all of the information on each of those individual parts," Swain said.
On the football side of things, Swain has started preparing for his official visits. He has already planned out a visit to Oregon, after talking with linebackers coach Don Pellum.
"I'm looking at Sep. 28, the Cal game, for my official there," Swain said.
On his official visit, Swain wants to get to know the rest of the coaching staff and get a feel for the team dynamics and atmosphere amongst the players. Of course, with his emphasis on being a well-rounded student, Swain wants to learn more about what Oregon has to offer with its business program.
"(I want to) meet with the team academic advisors, meet with a representative of the business school and, if it's possible, sit in on a business class because that's really important to me," Swain said.
Swain and Pellum have already discussed the possibility of the 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect coming in and getting the chance to make an early impact.
"It just depends on how quickly I pick up the defense," Swain said. "There's no guaranteed spots. If I want the spot, I have to come in and get it. He definitely said there was an opportunity, but he hasn't promised me a spot or anything like that."
Swain recently transferred from Lee Summit (Mo.) back to his old Kansas stomping grounds at Olathe North. Now that he's back, Swain wants to set the tone for the younger players to carry a winning tradition going forward by winning the 6A state championship this season. He has also set some personal goals for his senior campaign.
"My goal for my senior season is to get All-State honors," Swain said. "I got All-Conference and All-District last year and I missed four games due to injury, so I had a bad taste in my mouth after that. I felt I could've gotten to that level if I would've played in those last four games."
Swain doesn't want the recruiting process interfering with his football season, so he anticipates releasing a top three by the start of the school year. After that, he will take his officials to those three schools before taking a week to recollect, hear opinions from those closest to him, and then make a decision.
"I'm looking at probably early-October or late-September," Swain said.