Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit 2019 punter/kickoff specialist Aidan Swanson earned a preferred walk-on offer from Clemson at the Dabo Swinney Camp on Wednesday.
“It came out of nowhere really, and I was shocked by it,” Swanson told TCI. “But at the same time, it’s my dream school. It’s big for me. I appreciate it a lot.”
Swanson (6-2, 165) learned of the news from Swinney himself after impressing during yesterday’s kicking session.
“Coach Swinney comes up to me and tells me that if he could take me, he wants to take me now,” Swanson said, laughing. “Then he asked me to meet up with my parents and talk to them for a little bit, and he gave me the preferred walk-on offer.”
Swanson, a left-footed rising junior, is beginning to surface on the radar of other college programs as well.
“I’m getting follows (on Twitter) and stuff from other coaches,” Swanson said. “Coach Swinney said he likes that I’m a lefty punter, tall, lanky.”
Swanson’s mother is a Clemson graduate. His grandparents live in Greer, S.C., while his aunt and uncle reside in Spartanburg.
“I know the former long-snapper, David Estes, because my aunt works with his mom,” he said.
Swanson said Clemson’s environment is what he likes most.
“You see all these big-time schools like Alabama and Tennessee, all those schools. It feels different from those other schools because it feels like it’s a family here,” he said. “No one is here for themselves. They’re all here together and have one goal.”
Swanson also competed at the Swinney Camp last summer. He plans to camp at Florida State and Auburn in the coming days, as well as UCF in a couple of weeks.