Aidan Swanson is one of the top specialists in the southeast, and Clemson is looking to add his big leg to its 2019 recruiting class.
The Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy punter picked up a preferred walk-on offer from Clemson after impressing during the Dabo Swinney Camp in June.
Clemson got him on campus for a couple of games this season, including The Citadel contest two weekends ago.
“It was another great experience,” Swanson told The Clemson Insider. “I Ioved the fan support and the setting for Military Appreciation Day. Can’t wait to go to (another game) next year.”
Swanson (6-3, 165) also visited Clemson for the Georgia Tech game in late October. He was impressed by the fan support amidst a downpour.
“How involved the fans were in the pouring rain,” he said. “That much dedication to support the team leads me to wanting to play at Clemson even more.”
Swanson spent time with several members of Clemson’s staff during the visits, including special teams coordinator Danny Pearman, player development coach Brandon McCombs, and director of strength and conditioning Joey Batson.
“Basically all of them told me it’s great to have you, keep working hard, love what we’re seeing and see you soon,” Swanson said.
Swanson also hung out and struck up a relationship with Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe kicker B.T. Potter, a 2018 Clemson commit.
“Me and BT have become good friends,” Swanson said. “We would love to play with each other at Clemson.”
After experiencing what Clemson has to offer, did Swanson’s time on campus get him any closer to a Clemson commitment?
“Clemson is where I feel at home, and when the timing is right to commit I will,” he said. “But Clemson feels like home to me.”
Swanson grew up a fan of the Tigers. His mother is a Clemson graduate, while he has relatives who reside in the Palmetto State.
In addition to Clemson, the class of 2019 prospect is getting interest from LSU, Syracuse, TCU and West Virginia. All of the schools are recruiting him as a punter.
As a junior this season, Swanson averaged 46 yards per punt and made 5-of-7 field goal attempts.