Swigert has a Favorite

Holding over 23 scholarship offers (including one from Wisconsin), Louisville (Ohio) athlete Bobby Swigert has spent the majority of the summer going to camps and taking visits in hopes of making an educated college decision. Months later, Swigert is down to five schools and has a favorite heading into the season.

MADISON - Taking a peak at Bobby Swigert's junior film and it's easy to see why the 6-foot-1, 175-pound athlete has raked in 23-plus scholarship offers from some of the top schools in the country.

A two-way starter for Louisville (Ohio) High School, Swigert's athleticism at the receiver position helped him turn 58 receptions into 732 yards and six touchdowns his junior season. Throw in his skills as a defensive back and a kick returner, it's easy to see what Swigert is one of Louisville's captains heading into the fall season.

"I am definitely, definitely very excited for my senior year," Swigert told Badger Nation over the weekend. "It's a good feeling to be captain and have seniority over a lot of people. I definitely think we're going to have a good team."

With all his offers, Swigert, who can run a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash, made it a point to narrow his scholarship list over the summer before the start of summer two-a-days. With that goal, Swigert's summer was anything but relaxing.

"My summer has been really hectic," he said. "I have been a lot of places, but I mean, it's been good to get out and see a lot of places so I can compare and make an educated decision."

With all his scholarship offers, Swigert's first order of business was to eliminate schools from the MAC Conference and set his sights on top BCS competition. From there, Swigert took visits to schools that he thought were the best at balancing good academics with a high-level of football.

Camping at Ohio State and Notre Dame and taking visits to Boston College, Michigan, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Stanford and Wisconsin to name a few, Swigert narrowed down his list to his final five.

"I have five schools I am focused on – Boston College, Michigan, Nebraska, Pittsburgh and Stanford," he said. "I don't have any preference at what position I play, as long as I can get on the field and contribute as soon as possible."

Although he saw a big variety of places, there was one school that really stood out to Swigert as having what he's looking for out of college, as the Cardinal now seems like the favorite.

"If I had to say one, I would have to say Stanford, more than likely, was the most impressive for me," Swigert said. "I definitely like the all-around feel of the campus, I like the coaches and they definitely have tremendous academics. As long as I can get in there, that's where I think I would like to go."

In addition to playing wide receiver, Swigert will be taking some snaps under center in hopes of leading Louisville to an Ohio state football championship. With all the schools, with the exception of Michigan, have recruited him as a slot receiver (the Wolverines are pursuing him at safety), Swigert is ready to start making the tough decision.

"I would like to make a decision before the season, that'd be nice," Swigert admitted. "But if I have this many teams in contention, I don't think I could make a decision. I am not going to set a date or anything, but if I find the right place and I know that's it, I would like t o commit."

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