Swain Would Like To Hear From TCU

Lee's Summit, MO linebacker Jimmie Swain has six offers in the fold. He also has one Big 12 school among his list of favorites.

Lee's Summit (MO) linebacker Jimmie Swain is quickly becoming one of the most sought after linebackers in the Midlands Region. At 6-foot-3, 212-pounds with 4.51 forty speed; it's easy to see why.

Swain has added offers from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas and most recently Missouri, who offered on Tuesday. Others such as Kansas State are showing strong interest and could be the next to offer. He's attended a junior day at Kansas and has plans to see additional schools within the next week.

"The last junior day I went to was KU's but I plan on going to Illinois on Saturday," Swain said. "Next Wednesday I'll be going down to K-State for a visit, they are highly interested in me but they haven't offered me yet. I know Coach Cox showed them my film so it just comes down to them approving me for an offer. We'll see what happens."

The rising linebacker will undoubtedly have plenty of options to choose from with six offers already in the fold and more on the way. One school that Swain is particularly interested in hearing from is TCU. At the moment he hasn't heard from the Horned Frogs, but that hasn't stopped Swain from putting the Big 12 program among his top list of schools.

"With TCU, they haven't contacted me at all," Swain said. "They're on my top 10 list. I don't know much about them, but from watching them last year I do like their style of defense that they play down there. I put them on my list because it's a school I might possibly want to go to and I would want to learn more about."

The Frogs finished their inaugural season in the Big 12 with the conference's top ranked defense, holding opponents to just 323 yards per game. Swain likes the "swarming" style of defense the Frogs displayed last season and it's the biggest reason he sees himself as a fit for their defensive scheme.

"Personally, I thought their defense swarmed very well and that's how I play," he said. "That's when I thought I'd fit into the type of defense they play. On Saturday mornings I'd watch them play and I thought I might fit well with the type of defense they run just from watching how they play."

Swain says location won't be a deciding factor on where he decides to attend college. A program's conference may come into consideration but at the moment he's open to everyone. While location and conference appear to be low on his list of factors, a school's academic prestige is not.

He's looking for the best program that cares about an athlete's education and treats him like family.

"Mainly I want to know if there is a good academic program and they have a history of athletes having academic success so I know that they're just not there to play sports, but they're also there to get an education," Swain said. "I'd also like to know that the players have a strong relationship with their coach and the coaches care about the players; they're not just looking for the next shipment of cattle to come in and win games."


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