The Swilling brothers usually aren’t far apart. They do most things together. This week, however, Bruce Jordan-Swilling has been on his own.
The four-star New Orleans (La.) Brother Martin running back/linebacker has been practicing for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl while brother Tré Swilling, a three-star cornerback, was at home.
That was until Wednesday afternoon when Tré and the family were supposed to arrive in San Antonio to enjoy the Army Bowl experience with Bruce.
“He's on his way up here,” Bruce said Wednesday morning. “I told him he can come to the hotel and chill with us. That's my brother and I love him. Without him by my side, it's no big deal. But I kind of miss him. It's more fun when he's here.”
Playing together is important for the brothers so the family will be able to watch them both.
“You know it was a family decision,” Jordan-Swilling said of the brothers verbally committing to Georgia Tech, their father’s alma mater. “It wouldn't make sense for us to separate. We've kind of been together most of our lives. It's just a big factor. Family is first."
“Before I made my decision it was either going to be Georgia Tech or USC. I made the decision to commit to Georgia Tech because it's closer to home and I want my parents to be able to come to every game. Being on the West Coast, they wouldn't be able to come to every game.”
The brothers will they travel to Los Angeles in a couple of weeks to take an official visit to USC on January 20. They attended USC’s Rising Stars Camp in the summer and want to test the distance once more to see if the Trojans could possibly present a better option.
For Jordan-Swilling, that means seeing exactly how USC plans to utilize his skill set since he can play on either side of the ball.
“I played running back in high school. I've been recruited at linebacker [by most schools],” said Jordan-Swilling. “I just want to see what type of defense they play, what they're going to do on the offense side and which one I would fit best at.
“I've been talking to Coach T-Rob [Tommie Robinson]. He wants me at running back. The linebacker coach wants me at linebacker, so it's just them going back and forth.”
The 6-foot, 209-pound prospect runs a 4.57 40 and could excel on either side, but Robinson is working him the hardest of the coaches recruiting him to come to USC.
“He sat me down in his office last time I was out there. He said he really wants me bad. He needs me. He likes big backs and I think they only have one commit, Stephen Carr, as a running back, so he kind of needs a second one.”
This week, Jordan-Swilling has been playing linebacker — where his father, Pat, was an NFL Pro Bowler and where Bruce will play if he attends Georgia Tech. He has been a consistent defender able to step up and fill gaps and be in position to make tackles.
He has also taken on a different role for this week. In high school, he returned kicks for Brother Martin. This week, he is lined up as a front-line blocker for the West’s kickoff return.
“That's kind of new to me. I'm just doing my job. Whatever coach wants me to do, I'm doing it.”
The Swilling brothers official visit to USC will determine if Bruce and Tré take on a different commitment and do whatever the Trojan coaches want them to do.
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