When Carrollton (Ga.) linebacker Kevin Swint visited Clemson last October for its game against N.C. State, he was simply a freshman prospect hoping for his first scholarship offer.
Now, he is considered one of the top players in the class of 2020 after collecting offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan and Tennessee among others over the past few months.
Standing at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Swint doesn’t look like a freshman. He plays big, has a nose for the ball, can rush off of the edge and is good in coverage.
“I have a great motor and a respectful attitude, and I also want to set higher standards,” Swint said, describing what he can bring to the table for a college program in the future.
Swint plans to visit Alabama, Auburn and Georgia this summer.
He wants to return to Clemson in the fall.
“More than likely when the season starts,” Swint said of when he could visit Clemson again. “I’m looking forward to experiencing the crowd atmosphere, and I would love to see their weight room and just see how they train themselves on a daily basis.”
Swint said Michigan and Georgia are recruiting him the hardest in the early going, while the two schools along with Alabama and LSU are standing out to him right now.
An offer from Clemson would be a memorable milestone for Swint.
“It would be an amazing accomplishment,” he said, “but it wouldn’t be the stopping point for me.”
Memphis was first to offer Swint in November. Along with the aforementioned schools, he has offers from Georgia Tech, Indiana, Missouri, N.C. State and Wake Forest.
Michigan, Tennessee, Miami and LSU all offered within a span of seven days in early May.