Derrick Henry was presented his Heisman Trophy this past Saturday during the A-Day game, and one elite recruit was paying close attention.
Bruce Jordan-Swilling, a four-star running back from Brother Martin High School (New Orleans), told SEC Country he had visions of standing on that field in a few years hoisting up the prestigious award.
“(Alabama running backs coach Burton) Burns has had three Heisman finalists (Henry, Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson) and two of them won the trophy,” Jordan-Swilling said. “If he coached me, I think that would put me in a better place to possibly win the Heisman one day. I thought about that that could be me.”
Not only did thoughts of winning the Heisman Trophy enter Jordan-Swilling’s mind on his trip to Tuscaloosa, a question did, too.
“Who doesn’t want to play for a national championship football team?” Jordan-Swilling rhetorically asked.
Jordan-Swilling is rated as the nation’s No. 8 outside linebacker, but Alabama, like most schools, are recruiting him at running back, which is his preferred position.
The 6-foot, 215-pounder recently released his top 10 schools, and Alabama did make the cut. He said if he cut his group of favorites in half, the Crimson Tide would be on the short list.
“Those guys — every year — they’re putting kids into the league and winning so many football games,” Jordan-Swilling said. “You don’t really ever hear anything bad about Alabama. They’re always winning every year and playing in bowl games and championships. I want to be around people that win.”
One of those players in Alabama’s 2016 class happens to be one of his best friends — tight end Irvin Smith.
Smith has been on Jordan-Swilling and his brother, Tre Swilling, a four-star cornerback and Alabama target, to join him in Tuscaloosa. Smith has told the Swillings how great it would be if they could reunite at Alabama, but he hasn’t been pushy when it comes to his recruiting pitch.
“I am going to make a decision that’s best for me,” Jordan-Swilling said. “I think Irv would want me to make the best decision for myself, too, even if I don’t go to Alabama.”
Jordan-Swilling is not sure when his commitment could come, but expect Alabama to be a contender for his services until a decision is made.
Alabama currently has two running backs committed in the Class of 2017 — the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit, Najee Harris, and four-star prospect Brian Robinson, who hails from Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide have been actively recruiting for another prospect to join that duo, and Jordan-Swilling said he’s not concerned about Alabama having two running backs already on board.
“I am going to have to compete for a spot at any school I choose, so it doesn’t matter at all,” Jordan-Swilling said.
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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.