Swearinger excited about USC offer

Greenwood High safety prospect D.J. Swearinger picked up his tenth scholarship offer when he impressed the South Carolina coaches enough for them to offer him on the spot at the Gamecocks' summer camp late last week. Read inside as Swearinger updates GamecockAnthem.com on how he feels about his newest offer.

"I feel real good about it. I had been wanting to get an in-state offer. I had picked up offers before that, but they were all from out of state," the 6-foot, 190-pound Swearinger said.

Swearinger explained what he did at the camp to garner the offer.

"I did real good with the drills coach Ron Cooper put me through. So, after like the first half they told me that I had an offer and I could stop, because they had seen all they needed to see."

Swearinger, who also has offers from Auburn, Michigan, Wake Forest, North Carolina, NC State, Maryland, Duke, Vanderbilt and Illinois, described what he likes about the Gamecocks.

"It's the in-state school, and in the SEC they play top-notch teams. South Carolina's defense is nice every year, too. Plus it's close to home."

South Carolina defensive line coach Brad Lawing is recruiting Swearinger, as well as his Greenwood teammates Sam Montgomery, Byron Best and 2010 stars Kelcy Quarles and Javaris Rhodes for the Gamecocks. Montgomery and Quarles have offers from USC while Best and Rhodes are receiving strong interest.

"He's a cool guy. We can just sit around, and me my coaches and a lot of my other teammates just have a good time with him."

Swearinger liked the idea of playing with his teammates on the next level.

"We haven't talked about it, but if it were to happen it would be a very big bonus for (us). Because we play together in high school and really enjoy it, going to college to play (together) would really be a big part of school."

While the Gamecocks have grabbed Swearinger's attention with the offer, they have some work to do if they are going to eventually secure a commitment from the in-state standout.

"If I have to say [a leader], it would be Auburn," Swearinger admitted. "Auburn is an SEC school. They bring a good defense to the table every year. It's just a really good program, and has been good program in the last year that I've been watching. I want to play somewhere where the defense is known."

Even though Auburn currently has a slight lead, Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan and South Carolina round out his top five. Swearinger does not currently have an offer from Georgia or Tennessee, but will camp at both places later this week in an attempt to earn offers from the Bulldogs and Vols.

Swearinger has not been to Auburn yet, but says he will visit there soon. He also plans to make a return trip to South Carolina.

According to the ball-hawking DB, he has a long way to go before making a decision and will likely commit after his senior year is over.

Playing both ways at Greenwood, Swearinger had an impressive junior season racking up 93 tackles, an interception, two blocked field goals and two blocked punts, as well as 515 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground.

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