Swain Song: All-American WR selects Rocky Top

Wide receiver Jayson Swain of Grissom High School in Huntsville, Ala., is the first premier prospect to answer Tennessee's call for big time player-makers.

After a visit to Georgia this weekend, which followed visits to Tennessee the previous two weekends, Swain decided to cast his lot with the Vols over the Dawgs and Michigan. He made it official during a press conference held at his school this (Monday) morning.

Considered one of the nation's premier play-makers, Swain said "early playing time" was a big factor in his decision. Undoubtedly, Tennessee's need for wide receivers was something the Bulldogs and Wolverines couldn't match.

Swain, 6-1, 205, is a two time high school All-American who has all the tools to be a high-caliber collegiate pass catcher. In addition to excellent size, he has outstanding 4.41 speed (4.37 on a good day) and proven production.

A starter since his freshman season, Swain broke on the scene with an outstanding sophomore campaign in which he caught 69 passes for 1160 yards. As a junior, Swain played with a pair of inexperienced signal callers and finished with 40 receptions for 800 yards, but he augmented that offensive output by rushing for 500 yards as a part-time tailback and returning four kicks for touchdowns.

Over his high school career, Swain has 285 catches for 3,510 yards and 37 TD passes. He's also a standout in the defensive secondary.

"I came in three years ago," said Grissom head coach Ronnie Massey. "It was good timing. I had heard about Jayson in middle schools and stuff like that. When he walked in the door you just knew that by the way he carried himself that this is a different kind of guy. He's the only one I ever had that as an eighth grader went through spring training with us and, as far as just getting the mental aspect of everything, when he steps on the field he's a better athlete than anyone we've got."

Starting for the state's fifth largest school as a freshman, Swain hauled in 32 passes for 750 yards and collected all-state honors, Swain was named a Prep Magazine All-American after his sensational sophomore season.

"He's the best one I've ever been around," said Massey. "He started for us as a freshman so he's already started for three years. He's the only freshman I've ever had who started for me."

Judging by Tennessee's need at wide receiver, starting as a freshman is something that's likely to become a habit for Swain.

Editor's Note: Check Inside Tennessee for further news on Jayson Swain's decision.

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