A recruit making a decision in April is sometimes a bad thing for a school. It gives him a lot of time, including the summer, to get pressure from the outside on making another decision. For Westlake safety Louie Swope, he's now even more sure that next season he wants to be wearing a Mustang jersey.
"It sounds like they are turning their program around and I'm really excited about it. I heard they had a tough loss last week in the second half against a Pac 10 school," said Swope. "It definitely helps me know that I made the right decision, but at the same time, even if they were 0-3 I think I made the right choice."
Like the Mustangs, the Chaparrals are 2-1 on the season, losing to Lake Travis in week two. Swope has 27 tackles through three games, including a 15 tackle performance against A&M Consolidated last week. While he lead his team in tackles on the defensive side of the ball, it was his presence on offense that made a bigger impact. Lining up at receiver for the first time during the season, Swope caught a 77-yard touchdown pass that was crucial in their 20-7 victory.
Swope, the 98th ranked cornerback in the Scout.com 2010 recruiting class, has been in constant contact with Coach Hill since the season started.
"I talked to Coach Hill on Monday and we talked about the game. He was at my school," said Swope. "I talk with him through emails and I also talk with him through the phone once or twice a week. I'm just trying to stay connected on what is going on."
"I'm 100% committed to SMU."
Last season as a junior, Swope recorded 95 tackles, one interception, and nine pass breakups for the Chaparrals. Westlake finished the season 9-5 overall and lost in the 4th round of the playoffs to Clark.