Schools coming at Freddie Swain hard now

The Florida Gators already have three receivers committed to them but they are still after several big name targets at the position.

Most of those big name prospects were on campus on Friday night including receiver Freddie Swain (6-1, 174, Citra, FL North Marion), who has exploded up teams’ recruiting boards since having a dominating performance at The Opening earlier this month.

“It feels good to be rising up the boards,” Swain said. “I felt I was underrated, so I think I opened up some eyes at these camps. I think it has been there all along but I just played against some good competition and showed them who was better.”

Florida is one of those teams that have turned up the heat on Swain since the Opening, and Florida Gators receivers’ coach Kerry Dixon was very excited to have him on campus on Friday night.

“Schools have been on me a lot heavier since [The Opening],” he said. “Florida is on me heavy now. Coach Dixon and Coach [Greg] Nord are both on me heavy now. I’m just trying to better my relationship with them so that I can make the best decision for myself.”

Dixon, who was seen talking to Swain a lot on Friday night, has been telling the North Marion receiver how much of a need he is in Gainesville.

“Coach Dixon is just telling me that I can come here and play early for him,” Swain said. “He says that I’m an impact guy that can make plays in the style of offense they are running and he wants me.”

Swain has long said that he would announce his decision in October on TV and he says that he isn’t planning on giving out any hints on where he’s leaning.

“I don’t think I will make a top group of schools,” Swain said. “I think I will just go to the Hoover game and I have my hats on the table and make my decision there. That’s my plan.”

Florida does have one thing going for them in that Gators commit Chauncey Gardner is helping the coaching staff recruit for them.

“Chauncey talks to me on Twitter about coming to Florida,” Swain said. “He tells me some things but he’s talking.”


INSIDERS TAKE: Swain seemed much more open about Florida on Friday night then he has in the past. Right now I would say the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers are the two schools standing out to Swain despite him not wanting to name a top group.


Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.