Swain Discusses TCU Commitment

TCU is coming off of an impressive recruiting weekend and they hope to keep the momentum going as the football season nears. One of the biggest scores for the Horned Frogs came in the form of Olathe North's Jimmie Swain. The 6'3" 225 pound LB is just what TCU needed.

The TCU Horned Frogs have made a habit of imposing their will on others with their smothering defense. In their first season in the Big 12, TCU led the conference in defense and ranked 16th nationally, a number they hope to improve upon in 2013. Since joining the Big 12, they've seen their defensive recruiting reach new heights and Jimmie Swain's commitment on Friday was just what the doctor ordered. As good as the news was for TCU, the rest of the conference was put on notice.

Ranked as the #29 LB in the country, Swain spoke with HornedFrogBlitz.com to explain what it was about TCU that made him pull the trigger.

"As far as what made me go ahead and commit, it wasn't really anything in particular" said Swain. "I've kind of felt like I was going to end up committing there anyway but I just wanted to hold off on it and take my official visits because all of the coaches were telling me I needed to take all of them."

"But I decided not to (take more visits) and go ahead and pull the trigger on it because I didn't find it necessary to waste everybody's time when I already knew who I was going to pick."

After fending of programs such as Michigan, Stanford, Oregon and Michigan State in Swain's final five, the Frogs proved once again that they could go toe to toe with anyone in the country on the recruiting trail. Swain held 16 offers altogether with other programs such as Arkansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Tennessee throwing their hats into the ring. But in the end, TCU just felt right to the talented defender.

One of the reasons it felt so right to him was his relationship with the TCU coaching staff.

"It's really good now that I've met all of the coaches multiple times and I have a pretty good relationship with everybody" he said. "I talk to Coach Cross a lot of course and I hang out with Coach Patterson a lot when I'm down there, like hanging out in his office and talking and stuff."

"I just have a really good relationship with all of the staff and faculty there and all of the players made me feel very welcome, even before I was committed."

With his senior year fast approaching, Swain says he only has one goal for 2013 and that's to win state. As far as what he wants to accomplish when he gets to Fort Worth, Swain had this to say.

"You know, it's up to the coaches if I play or not" said the Kansas native. "If they don't think I'm ready and they want me to redshirt and take a year to get ready then I'll redshirt, but if they think I can step on the field and help them as soon as I get there, that's what I'll do."


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