Freddie Swain’s getting interest from elite programs from coast to coast shows the North Marion (Fla.) High School standout is undoubtedly one of the premier wide receivers this recruiting cycle.
The four schools making the cut to land the Scout No. 91 player in the 2016 class are Alabama, Miami (Fla.), Tennessee and USC. The Big Orange coaches contributed to Knoxville being the four-star prospect’s future home.
“The coaches are phenomenal,” Swain told InsideTennessee. “They’re cool, we always chill. Talk on the phone a lot. The campus is beautiful. I can see myself playing there.”
Tennessee will graduate Alton Howard, Johnathon Johnson and Von Pearson after the 2015 season with the possibility of Marquez North declaring to leave early for the NFL Draft. Having skilled catchers of the football trot through the T in 2016 will be an issue if the Vols aren’t able to sign players like Swain, who listed “playing time” as the most important factor in his recruitment.
As a priority prospect, Swain spent time with head man Butch Jones when the pass catcher tripped to Rocky Top this summer.
“(Jones) can be serious sometimes, but he’s a jokester too,” said Swain, who ranks as the No. 3 wide receiver in the Sunshine State.
Vols wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni is the lead on Swain, who calls the assistant “very energetic, always got jokes to tell, he’ll keep you laughing.”
Tennessee commit Jarrett Guarantano, rated by Scout to be the No. 1 quarterback in the East Region, “talked a little bit” with the four-star while the two were teamed up together on the same 7-on-7 team at The Opening in Beaverton, Oregon, earlier this month.
“That dude’s got an arm. Good, very good,” Swain said of the right-hander.
|Freddie Swain hauls in a catch during one-on-one drills at The Opening finals.|
Expectations are for Swain to decide between the Crimson Tide, the Hurricanes, the Trojans and the Volunteers this November when North Marion takes on Hoover (Ala.) High on ESPN.
The 6-foot, 177-pounder more than held his own at The Opening finals. On the first day of 7-on-7 competition, Swain came down with a pair of touchdown receptions in one of his first times on the field as he was just starting to build chemistry with quarterbacks.
He took a blue collar approach to the event, working refine his craft by “getting some more moves off the line, working my hands when I’m getting off the jam. Good work out here.”
“It’s great to come out here and compete with the best in the nation and show people I can work with other people that’s ranked higher than me,” he said.