Intensity Impresses Swanson

Aliquippa (Pa.) running back Terry Swanson is starting to see his recruitment heat up. He recently visited West Virginia and came away impressed with what the Mountaineers had to offer. He caught up with BlueGoldNews to share his thoughts.

Terry Swanson is starting generate a lot of interest on the recruiting front. With an early offer from Temple in hand, the talented running back feels he became one step closer to securing an offer from West Virginia after his visit.

"I have the one offer (from Temple) and a lot of interest from other schools," Swanson said. "They (WVU) are telling me to just keep working and let the process handle itself. I think by this year coming up I should have an offer from them."

The 5-foot-9, 180 pound speedster admits if the Mountaineers were to pull the trigger with an offer they could shoot towards the top of the list for his services.

"As of right now they already stand in a high place," he said. "Just the way they brought me to the campus and showed me everything. They treated me real nice. So, yeah, they stand pretty high and always will."

A key component to the recruiting process is the relationships built with a schools coaching staff, in particular with your recruiting coach. In Swanson's case, a bond has already been formed with Mountaineer safeties coach, Tony Gibson.

"I like him," Swanson said. "He's a disciplined guy. He's always so excited and he's just going to always keep it real. He's going to tell you what you need to do and just be real."

While this wasn't his first trip to WVU, it was, however, a bit different. He was able to observe the Mountaineers before a spring practice and a portion of them on the field.

"Well, I really like the atmosphere," Swanson said. "The facilities were nice. We got to watch practice and I loved the intensity of it. Before the practice they had meetings and watched film and broke down their mistakes."

Accompanying Swanson on the trip to West Virginia was fellow Aliquippa teammate, four-star defensive back, Dravon Henry. Another teammate, defensive tackle, Jaleel Fields, was supposed to visit but was unable too.

According to Swanson, the trio has discussed playing together in college.

"We always talk about playing together," he said. "That's one of the main things we always talk about so it could definitely happen."

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