Tré Swilling knew what he wanted.
The New Orleans (La.) Brother Martin three-star cornerback told the USC coaching staff before he came out for the Trojans’ summer Rising Stars Camp.
“Before the camp, I actually talked with them and I told them I was coming to get an offer,” Swilling said. “That's kind of what I went and did. They enjoyed watching me compete and really get after it.”
Since that camp, Swilling has been in heavy conversation with the USC support staff and coaches from Gavin Morris to Clancy Pendergast to Clay Helton.
“Coach Helton wants me to know that I’m his guy,” Swilling said.
But on Monday, he verbally committed to follow in the footsteps of his father, Pat Swilling, picking Georgia Tech over USC, LSU, Alabama and a handful of other offers. A day later, Tre’s brother, Bruce Jordan-Swilling announced he was also committing to Georgia Tech.
Does that mean USC is out of it for the three-star cornerback and four-star running back?
Brothers Tré Swilling and Bruce Jordan-Swilling pose at USC's Rising Stars Camp on June 21, 2016.
According to Tré, not necessarily. He is still planning to take an official visit to USC to get a better feel for the university during the school year. When he will take that and any other official visits is still up in the air because Swilling plans to jump straight from football into basketball.
“I'm trying to figure out the right time because we don't have a bye week [for football]…but I know I'm going to take a trip back out west to USC for sure.”
It is because of basketball that Swilling is familiar with USC in the first place. His older brother, Patrick, was a star basketball player for Brother Martin’s 2010 class. Patrick was being recruited by Tim Floyd at USC before Floyd resigned in the summer of 2009.
“[Patrick] flew out there a couple of times to play basketball every year,” Tré said. “I also play AAU basketball and travel basketball, so I was familiar with the surroundings and everything else.“
Basketball was Tré’s first love and he believes his hoops background helps him on the football field as well.
“It helps me with my footwork and everything else with me being a long, rangy corner. It helps me to get down lower and pivot in my stance.”
Tré will focus on football in college and he has the opportunity to play with his brother, if the two choose to follow through with their verbal commitment to Georgia Tech or even both flip to another school. Both are looking at a number of the same schools and compare notes on what they hear from the coaching staffs. One of the things that they are looking for is honesty and not just a recruiting pitch that has been used over and over by a coach.
“We talk about it a lot. We also kind of look for those coaches that don't continue to say the same thing over and over again. They kind of mix it up and actually tell you the truth and you can realize that it's actually genuine.”
While it has been assumed that the brothers will end up at the same school, that isn’t a given, according to Tré.
“I bet any school would love to have both of us, but if something does happen to where they only wanted one, then we wouldn't really lose any sleep over it,” he said. “It's a likely chance, but it's not set in stone for us to go to the same school.”
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