The Toledo Rockets have been stepping into the South to recruit their 2017 recruiting class. Defensive end Josh Swilling of Georgia was one player the Rockets have had their eyes set on as a hidden target and on Wednesday, Swilling gave his verbal commitment to Jason Candle.
Swilling, a six-three, 235-pound end out of Langston Hughes High School in Fairburn, Georiga, is a high school teammate of major Toledo target and three-star linebacker, Malik Horton. Horton, a six-three, 230-pound defensive anchor, has major programs in his final list of schools and the Rockets are not one of them. Despite perhaps missing out on the Horton sweepstakes, the Rockets are thrilled to have Swilling added to an already impressive class.
Swilling was able to visit Toledo over the summer with his father and Horton as they were all blown away with what they saw out of the Glass City.
"Toledo had all the things I was looking for in a college," Swilling told us, "The campus is great, the environment felt like I was at home and the team is really like a family."
The Peach State native held offers from Arkansas State, Hampton, Mercer, and East Tennessee State and says he will play defensive end for the Rockets.
"I talked to every coach that's on Toledo's staff when I visited but Coach George is the one that recruited me, defensive end is the position I'll play most up there," he added.
Swilling announced his decision via Twitter during Toledo's eventual 48-17 win over Akron on the road after deciding the timing was right for a decision. So what can Rocket fans expect out of the athletic defensive end?
"I'm a physical player and a hard worker. I have nothing but the drive to be great. I love to compete with anybody that's in front of me," Swilling stated.
The Toledo recruiting class is currently ranked top-forty nationally by Scout.com, a ranking which could climb prior to National Signing Day when a few targets are expected to announce their decisions. Either way, the Rocket recruiting class is going to be something special.
"I'm getting to know the other commits now, we're all in a group chat together," Swilling said on the 2017 class.
Stay tuned to Toledo Scout for the latest on the class.