Butte TE talks about Texas commitment

It's a rarity for Texas to sign a JUCO prospect, but they made an exception when they saw Butte TE Geoff Swaim's film. The 6-5, 256-pounder recently took a visit to Austin and after a whirlwind recruitment he decided he wanted to join the Longhorns...

Swaim, a graduate of Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, Ca., was a full-qualifier, but when offers didn't come in, he decided to join the Roadrunners.

"I played mainly linebacker in high school, so no one was really looking at me at tight end," Swaim told JCFootball.com recently. "I started to gain some size and I moved to tight end and that's where I was last season.

"Coach (Robbie) Snelling is a former tight end, so when we talked about it, I just trusted he would help me get to where I needed to be."

As a freshman this past season, he didn't put up much in the way of numbers (five receptions for 23 yards), but that had more to do with the presence of Middle Tennessee-bound Jacob Corbaley than anything.

"I split time with him, but he was a sophomore and he was having a good year so I filled in mainly as a blocker," Swaim said. "I like contact, so I'm a pretty good blocker, but I am a pretty good receiver too. I feel comfortable doing that too and this fall I plan to me much more involved in that aspect."

This spring, Snelling and Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin both played together at Boise State and that relationship is a big reason why the Longhorns, who rarely take a JC prospect, decided to offer Swaim.

"I guess they needed a tight end and they wanted one that was a little older and ready to come in and play," Swaim said. "Coach Snelling and coach Harsin knew each other and when coach Snelling told them about me and they saw my film, I guess they liked me enough to offer.

"They liked that I could help them get back to power football with the way I play the game and that's why they picked it up with me.

"They asked me to come out on a visit last weekend and when I was out there they offered. I was just blown away and with a chance to play for a big-time program like that came along, I knew I wanted to be part of that, so I committed."

Swaim said that Texas was hoping to bring him in this fall, but because they are at their maximum number of scholarships (85) they were unable to bring him in until after the 2012 season.

"I could leave right now if they could have fit me in, but they didn't have any room left so they said they'd take me in January for their (winter) semester."

Swaim will have three years to play two when he enrolls at Texas.

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