Swearinger pledges to USC
D.J. Swearinger, who measures in at an athletic 5'11" and 200 pounds, chose South Carolina over offers from Tennessee, Auburn, Michigan, Wake Forest, North Carolina, NC State, Maryland, Duke, Vanderbilt, and Illinois.
Swearinger has developed the reputation for being one of best pure football players in the state of South Carolina this fall. He has played a variety of positions on offense and defense throughout his career at Greenwood, but he projects to play safety on the college level because of his football instincts and hard-hitting, aggressive nature on the field.
GamecockAnthem.com spoke with Greenwood head coach Shell Dula earlier this year, and he raved about Swearinger's physical ability and intelligence on the football field.
"In forty years of coaching, I think D.J. is the smartest football player I've ever coached," said Dula. "He's probably one of the hardest working football players I've coached in forty years too. He's a natural playmaker. He's a fine young man. He really works hard, and he understands the game."
When asked to describe what type player he is at safety, Swearinger replied in an earlier Scout.com interview that he's a smart but extremely physical playmaker in the secondary.
"I have the ability to go out and make plays. I have a lot of experience and I'm like a quarterback of the defense," Swearinger said. "I'm smart and know what to do. I also love to hit. If it's moving - I'll hit it. I like laying down a whooping."
Swearinger plans to comment on his decision to play for South Carolina during a 3:30 news conference at Greenwood High on Monday - a news conference where his friend and teammate Kelcy Quarles, a junior defensive tackle, plans to announce his college decision.
Stay tuned to GamecockAnthem.com for more extensive coverage of Swearinger's commitment on Monday, along with complete coverage of Quarles announcement.
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