QB Swartz Talks about Recruiting and SJSU

Coming off a season that ended in shocked disappointment, quarterback Dylan Swartz of Modesto (Calif) Central Catholic is on a mission of redemption in 2009. He'd also like to pick up a college scholarship along the way. Inside Sparta spoke with Swartz on Sunday to see if San Jose State could be his destination.

Inside Sparta introduced members on Saturday to rising senior quarterback Dylan Swartz of Central Catholic HIgh School, the school that produced incoming freshman James Orth and Orth's older brother, Jacob Orth, who is planning to walk-on at San Jose State in the fall. Swartz said in an email that he was very interested in the Spartans, and that he had attended the final spring practice on April 25 with James Orth and his father, David. On Sunday Inside Sparta spoke with Swartz and he elaborated further on his recruiting so far, and what his plans were for the summer.

"I've been getting a lot of visits from schools," he said. "Cal and Notre Dame have been by, Iowa State, Sacramento State, Arizona, have all visited, and UNLV will be by (on Monday)."

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Swartz said he has no offers at this time, and is basing his interest on who let's him know he is wanted. "I really don't have a list of favorite schools, ones that I want to go to no matter what," he said. "I'm more interested in who is interested in me, who offers and what their depth situation is. I want to play right away."

Swartz did go on to say that he was willing to redshirt to learn the system of whatever school should win his services, but that sitting on the bench for three or four years does not interest him. "I know San Jose State only had three or four quarterbacks at the spring practice I attended," he said. "I loved the receivers there, they were the best of the ones I've seen so far. That's a good situation for me. I want to help a team turn around rather than going to a school that has seven or eight QBs on the roster."

Another visit to the San Jose State campus is in the plans for the Central Valley slinger. He said he'll be in attendance at the Spartans' Senior Day on May 31, and that by attending he'll have a result similar to his former teammate. "Coach Kenji Green told me if I looked good I could get an offer shortly after," Swartz said. "That's how James got his offer last year, and he was right there with me when coach Green said that."

Orth and Swartz were on the field together on Dec. 6, 2008 when Central Catholic faced Hilmar in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V finals. The Raiders had just demolished a previously undefeated Escalon 36-8 in the semi-finals, and had easily handled Hilmar in their regular season matchup. Central Catholic was a heavy favorite and full of confidence going into the contest - as it turned out, too much confidence. The Yellowjackets shocked the Raiders 17-6 to take the League crown. "People were talking before the Escalon game that it was the Game of the Decade, and we beat them bad," Swartz said. "As soon as we got past them we figured we had the Section game wrapped up. We thought we'd win easily. I have to give Hilmar a lot of credit, they were a great team and they were ready."

Rather than sulk on what could have been, Swartz said the disappointing finish to last season has motivated him to be even better this year. "I want to get back to there so bad," he said. "None of us ever want to feel what we had to feel at the end of that game. It was a learning experience and I've been working hard with Roger Theder to get better." Theder is a former head coach at Cal, who now tutors top quarterback prospects.

The summer looks to be a busy one for Swartz. He said he plans on camping at Washington. Washington State, Idaho, San Diego State, and San Jose State. "I want to get seen at the camps and let them see what I can do," he said. "Then they can decide if they want to offer me." He said he also plans on attending the Elite 11 camp on Friday, and that he will be in attendance at the Scout Combine at Laney College in Oakland on June 6.

Part of obtaining his goal of returning to the Section Championship game means ending his recruiting early. "I would like to get it over with before the season starts," he said. "If I can make a decision early so I can concentrate 100-percent on my season and enjoy my senior year that would be the best."

Don Hoekwater is the Publisher of Inside Sparta. You may contact Don with any questions, comments, or tips at publisher@insidesparta.com

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