Swanson making most of opportunities

Physical safeties who can match up in coverage are a luxury few teams have and one of the best in the JC ranks this year is City College of San Francisco S Rashad Swanson (6-0, 185). The playmaking Swanson had a solid freshman campaign and so far this spring teams have made contact and told him they'll be watching him over the next few months.

"I qualified out of high school, but I didn't get my stuff to the clearinghouse in time so a lot of teams basically didn't recruit me," Swanson, who graduated from Deer Valley High School in Antioch, California, told JCFootball.com recently. "I got offered by a few NAIA schools, but I wanted to go D-1 so I decided to come to City to see what I could do.

"They have a reputation for being one of the top JC programs in the country and I really just felt at home here so I chose to come and play. My brother went here and so did some friends that I knew. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made."

All he did as a freshman starter at strong safety was post 50 tackles, one interception and five pass breakups and four forced fumbles in 10 games for the Rams.

"I'm a balanced player," Swanson said. "I can play the run well, but I can also drop into coverage. You can't play for City if you can't match up in man as a safety. They ask us to do that a lot, so I think that's something I do well.

"I'm really working hard this offseason on my tackling. Just breaking down well, getting my footwork right so I don't take any false steps and then tackling correctly so I can just drive through the guy even better than I already do."

On the recruiting front, Swanson is hearing mainly from three schools and one is showing more interest than any on his list.

"Oregon is probably recruiting me the hardest right now," Swanson said. "They've been down to watch us practice and said they liked me a lot.

"Missouri and Arizona State have also been talking to me a bit and they've been by too. Other than that, I'm just getting a lot of recruiting mail and stuff like that from other schools, but nothing really other than just form stuff."

Even though he doesn't have any offers to his name yet, Swanson has thought about what it will take for a school to get his signature on the dotted line later this fall.

"I'd like to stay close to home if I could, but that isn't that big of a deal," Swanson said. "If I get a good chance to play somewhere away from home, I'll go do that, but I would like to stay close if I could.

"I also want a good program and to feel like I can go in a play right away or at least have a chance to get in and play early."

Swanson is on pace to graduate this December and will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll have more from Swanson as we head into the summer.

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