NEW ORLEANS — Tre’ Swilling released his top nine schools on Tuesday, and Alabama was in the mix for the New Orleans native.
But if he was to cut his list of nine schools to five, Alabama would have a spot in that top group.
Swilling, a four-star cornerback from Brother Martin High School (New Orleans), told SEC Country why the Crimson Tide would be near the top of his list.
“Coach Saban is such a great coach,” Swilling said at Nike’s “The Opening” regional in New Orleans. “He may be the best football coach at all levels — NFL, college, high school. He has a great formula and knows how to produce winners.”
Alabama is recruiting Swilling at either cornerback or safety, he said. There’s no preference for either position.
The 6-foot,180-pounder said he’s close with running backs coach Burton Burns and defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley. Those two staff members have been in Swilling’s ear ever since he and his brother, four-star running back Bruce Jordan-Swilling, received offers in Nick Saban’s office.
What also could play into Alabama’s chances of landing Louisiana’s No. 12 prospect in the Class of 2017 is the fact that his former teammate is a 2016 signee.
“I think (Brother Martin) tight end Irvin Smith is going to be a good addition to their offense,” Swilling said. “He’s one of my best friends.”
Alabama isn’t the school that most recruiting experts believe he’ll end up at. That school would be LSU. According to Swilling’s 247Sports Crystal Ball, 100 percent of recruiting analysts believe he will head to LSU
He was clear that while LSU is a great school, his recruitment isn’t in the bag for the Tigers as many may think it is. Alabama has made a major impression on Swilling.
“They are just a very prestigious school,” Swilling said. “They’ve won 16 national championships, they produce talented players and they have a very high graduation rate. It’s hard not to look at them as a school I am strongly considering.”
Swilling is rated as the nation’s No. 28 cornerback.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.