The name of the game for Clemson’s defense over the past half-decade has been development.
If you look at all of the Tigers that were drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, a good portion of them came to Death Valley as versatile players ready to be developed.
Versatility is the key, especially on defense where Brent Venables has been known to move guys around at linebacker and on the defensive line.
That is where 2020 linebacker Kevin Swint could come in and succeed because of his versatility. The Carrollton (Ga.) product does not currently have an offer from Clemson, but it is very early in the game seeing as he is only a freshman this year.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound player switched from defensive end to linebacker in his freshman season, and should have the prototypical size for a college ‘backer by the time he graduates.
Swint told The Clemson Insider he recently visited Alabama this last month and that the “visit was great.” ‘Bama also offered him a scholarship at the end of his visit which meant a lot to him.
“It meant a lot to me because that’s my dream school,” he said.
He was also offered by Georgia last month, who Swint said was currently showing the most interest in him.
While he holds offers from a half dozen schools right now, he said there is no leader because of how early it is in the recruiting process.
A visit to Clemson is in the works Swint told TCI.
“I’m planning on coming to Death Valley in the summer for a camp so I think it’ll be very nice to see how Clemson runs their system,” he said.
He has not had any contact with the coaches as of now, but one of the top priorities on his list is “to really get a good connection with their coaches.”
Swint said one of the top things he likes about Clemson, based on his experience so far, is the family atmosphere.
“The way they treat their recruits as family,” said Swint, “not many teams to do that.”
There is one thing in particular Swint is looking for, and if Clemson ends up shooting an offer his way, the Tigers could have a competitive advantage over plenty of schools.
“I want it to be like home, I know it won’t be the exact same, but I want it to be similar,” he said.