Swain got open at USC too

BEAVERTON, Ore. — USC is loading its barrels with top wide receiver talent for 2016, but it appears the Trojans are not done yet with coveting marquee pass catchers.

North Marion High School four-star wide receiver Freddie Swain has become quite friendly with the West Coast this summer.

The Citra (Fla.) standout hit the USC Rising Stars Camp two weeks ago and then The Opening Finals this week. Swain was tremendous performing at both events, but only one of them came with a recruiting pitch.

“I loved USC,” said Swain. “There is never a shortage of things to do in California, and I was only out there for a few days. It was wonderful just seeing the campus and I had a real good time hanging with the coaches too.

“USC is definitely a school I can see myself playing at. We’ll just have to see how things play out with my other visits.”

Upon leaving Los Angeles, Swain announced four favorite schools in Alabama, Miami, Tennessee and the Trojans. While Swain came away impressed with USC, it sound like USC also came away impressed with Swain.

“USC opened my eyes some,” said Swain. “I had a good time, and really, it gave me a chance to experience what it would be like like to spend a day as a Trojan.

“The coaches liked how I played, and I spent time watching film with Tee Martin and some of the other players. Coach Tee says he likes my body control. The main reason I came up was for them to see me in one-on-ones.

“They wanted to see what I could do in person. Film can tell you one thing, but it’s different when they can eye you in person. And I love the way they coach. You know, Coach Tee is going to get out there and show you.

“I like a coach that can actually show you before telling you how to do a drill. It was great.”

Many assumed with his the announcement of his four favorite schools, the Florida Gators would be featured prominently. With Miami the only school in the Sunshine State still under consideration, Swain has some common themes among the favorites that did make the list.

“I can see myself playing at all four, and they all throw the ball right,” said Swain. “Outside of football, I also like what those schools have to offer.”

USC makes the list with life outside of football a big factor pulling Swain to the West Coast.

“I'm a high-energy guy and I love that fast-paced lifestyle,” said Swain. “Just being in L.A. and seeing all of the opportunities out there… I had a lot of fun.”

Swain will make his college decision week 10 against the Hoover Buccaneers on ESPN.

With commitments from two athletes recruited to play wide receiver and two other wide outs from the Southeast, the Trojans are loading up at Swain's position.

However, having seen all but one of those receivers at Rising Stars in June, Swain says all the merrier.

“Those are all my boys,” said Swain. “Velus Jones, Josh (Imatorbehebhe), (Tyler) Vaughns, Coach Tee's boy Amari Rodgers… I know all of those guys.

“That’s a squad of good players right there. To be the best you’ve got to beat the best."

Coming away from his trip to USC, Swain didn't have many lingering questions about the USC football program. With plans to be back late next fall, the Trojans appear to be a fixture in his recruitment for the long haul.

“It’s a great place,” said Swain. “There really are no bad things about USC. They put receivers in the league, they play their young guys and play a lot them every game.”

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