Top prospect Kevin Swint names Clemson his favorite following visit
Not only did Clemson welcome a slew of 2019 recruits for its junior day last weekend, but the Tigers also hosted a number of elite rising junior prospects in the class of 2020.
One of the top 2020 prospects that made the trip to Clemson this past Saturday was Carrollton (Ga.) linebacker Kevin Swint.
It marked Swint’s first time on campus since the NC State game in 2016.
He left profoundly impressed.
“Tiger Town was amazing,” Swint told TCI. “It’s all I thought it would be when I came back. Everything is great about the campus and people in general. The culture is totally different from other schools.”
The visit afforded Swint his first look at Clemson’s football operations complex, a $55 million project that was completed in late January 2017.
“It was great,” Swint said. “I played a few games here and there. They’ve really expanded a lot of things. An overall great job. I enjoyed it. My family enjoyed it.”
Swint (6-3, 205) picked up an offer from Georgia when he was still a freshman last March. Schools such as Alabama, Michigan, Tennessee, Miami, LSU, Florida and Ohio State all followed with offers before his sophomore season.
Swint’s area recruiter for Clemson, Mickey Conn, visited his school on a couple of occasions during the contact period in January and February.
Conn and Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables spoke extensively with Swint during the junior day, letting him know the Tigers are highly interested.
“I spent time walking and talking with coach Venables,” Swint said. “He’s a very energetic guy. I loved to be around him. He told me he likes my mindset and how mature I am.
“I also talked to coach Conn. He’s been following me since I was in 6th grade. He just told me he truly believes I can dominate the game early (in college).”
While Swint has not yet received an offer from Clemson, he says it is in the cards.
“The offer is on the table for sure,” he said. “They’re just waiting on my fourth semester transcript and the final OK from the head man.”
Should the offer come to fruition, it would figure to shake up Swint’s recruitment. In fact, he said Clemson is already his favorite school.
“It would mean so much,” Swint said of an offer. “I truly feel like they will be there at the end of the day when I make my final decision. They have everything that I need in my mind to help me pursue my dream in the academic field and my football life. They have jumped to my top school for sure.”
Swint hopes to return to Clemson for the Orange & White spring game next month.
As a sophomore last season, Swint tallied 101 tackles, including 35.5 for loss and 18 sacks. He also recorded 30 quarterback hurries, six pass deflections and four caused fumbles.