Aggies pick up offensive commit

Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman has wasted little time jumping on the state's offensive talent and he's clearly looking for speed. Aggie Websider visits with the latest A&M commit.

When head coach Mike Sherman took the reins of the Texas A&M football program, he vowed to add team speed across the board. Speed is what the Aggies got when Austin Westlake running back Ryan Swope committed to Texas A&M tonight.

"Yes sir, I committed to Coach Cromwell and Coach Jordan tonight," Swope said. "I'm very excited to be an Aggie."

The 6-foot-1, 197-pound speedster rushed for 1311 yards and scored 14 touchdowns on the ground as a junior. But it's his hands and ability to get open downfield along with his blazing speed that had many college coaches chasing after the No. 74 prospect on the M&W/Aggie Websider 2009 Top 100.

He clocked a 4.39 40 at last year's Texas camp and has been clocked as low as 4.32. Swope averaged a whopping 23.7 yards per catch and scored seven times through the air.

"I have speed to hit the corner and I'm confident catching the ball coming out of the backfield," Swope said. "The A&M coaches like that combination and they definitely want me as a running back and a slot receiver."

So what led to the Monday night commitment for the star Chaparral?

"I had been up there twice and really enjoyed it. The facilities are great. The coaches have pro experience and are top of the line," Swope said. "It's 1.5 hours from my home in Austin. It is a perfect fit for me. I went up to Texas Tech and I had an offer there, but afterward I talked it over with my parents and A&M is where I'll be most comfortable."

Swope said the timing was right to make his choice. He wants to get the distractions of the recruiting process out of the way so he can focus on preparing for his senior season and helping his teammates succeed.

"Our goal is to win a state championship," Swope said. "I really want to prepare for this season and not have any distractions. My parents were comfortable with my choice and so I called the A&M coaches. I can't tell you how excited I am to be an Aggie."

Being from Austin, Swope admits to growing up following the hometown Longhorns, but he said everything fell into place when he visited College Station.

"It will be interesting at school. There are a lot of Texas fans," Swope joked. "But I have a lot of friends who like A&M too so it won't be too bad."

Asked if he planned to take additional visits, Swope was very clear about his future.

"I'm not taking any visits. I'm done. I'm an Aggie," Swope said. "I'm going to try to make it down for the A&M spring game on April 19. Other than that, I'm staying here and getting ready for the season."

Swope becomes the fifth confirmed commitment for the Aggies in the Class of 2009, all on the offensive side of the ball.

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