Jimmie Swain is one of the top linebacker prospects in the Midlands. After listing them among his…
Swain Goes Old School
Jimmie Swain became one of the hottest recruits in the Midlands region after a standout 2012 season at Lee's Summit (MO) High School. The three-star prospect watched his recruitment explode, as offers came rolling in from Division 1 programs across the country. But despite his success, after moving across the state line to live with his brother, the lure of going back home was just too great. "My mom had always expressed she wanted me to come back for my senior season," Swain said, trailing off. "My whole family went to Olathe North. I have a lot of ties with people in this community. I love everybody out here, and this is where I grew up." After starring for the Tigers as a junior, the All-Conference and All-District defender struggled with his decision to move home to Olathe. "My main thing contributing to not wanting to come back was my commitment to my teammates at Lee's Summit," Swain said, quietly. "I called about 20 of them individually, and they were all really supportive of me doing what was best for me. Once I talked with them, and they were all so supportive of the transfer, I was like ‘let's go.'" As he heads back to The Sunflower State, Swain is excited about reuniting with old friends and longtime teammates in the Eagles' locker room. "Most of those guys, I've been playing with them since I was 7," he said, a huge smile on his face. "They're all really excited. A lot of the younger guys, they've heard about me through the grapevine. They are all just really excited and accepting of me coming back." After a year in Missouri, Swain returns to Olathe North a very different player than when he left. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker is now ranked as the #29 player at his position in the class of 2014. With offers from a number of big-name programs, he trimmed his list to five potential suitors, with Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon, Stanford, and TCU making the cut. "I think the main thing I'm looking forward to is that final game against kids from all over the Johnson County area that I've been playing against since I was seven years old," Swain said, nodding. "Getting to lead a team my family has been a part of since before I was born was really big for me. Bringing that ninth state championship to the Eagles would be a fantastic way to go out for my senior year." "I'm very confident in what we are going to do, and a lot of people are going to be surprised."
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