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Swann reaches double-digits
"I got an offer from Texas Tech and I now have 10 offers," said Damian Swann. "Coach [James] Willis faxed an offer to my coach and it was in his office when I went to pick up my mail." The Texas Tech offer about a month or so ago may have been a surprise, but since Coach Willis joined the staff, it is not. "He was really on me at Alabama, so I not totally surprised when he offered me. Texas Tech wasn't really recruiting me before he got there, but as soon as he got there, they really started to recruit me hard. He always wanted me at Alabama, so he just wants me at Texas Tech now." The four-star defensive back out of Atlanta (GA) Grady does not much about the Red Raiders other than them producing Michael Crabtree. He still has interest in them though. "My connection with Coach Willis helps them some and he made me feel real comfortable when I was around him down at Alabama. I like the attitude he has when he recruits me, I like how explains everything to me, and he talked to me like a father-figure first, and then as a coach. I liked that a lot." Texas Tech is now on Swann's radar, just not at the top. Two SEC schools are now at the top together. "Georgia has caught up with Alabama now and those two are right there," Swann said when asked about a leader. "I went to Georgia for Junior Day and I got a chance to meet with the coaches, I talked to Coach [Mark] Richt, and I just felt good there. They have caught up with Alabama." The impressive offer list for Swann includes schools like Florida, Ohio State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. He is the top defensive back in Georgia, he is a Scout150 prospect, and he is a little surprised by all of the attention. "I didn't think I would have 10 offers already, but when I got to four, then to five, I really thought I would get 10, but I just didn't know when. The process is going great right now and I am just staying humble about everything." Swann plans to attend Alabama's Junior Day this weekend and he is also looking at the possibility of visiting Georgia and Tennessee later this month. He finished 2009 with 823 yards receiving, 11 touchdown receptions, 67 tackles, and six interceptions. Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.
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