Nick Saban doesn’t personally recruit a lot of players, but D’Andre Swift is one of those athletes.
Swift, the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose running back from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School (Philadelphia), said Saban has told him that he would like for him to take the process slowly.
“He wants to make sure I find the best school that fits me,” Swift told SEC Country. “He talked about my film, the skill set I have and just the fact that he wants to get me down there. He’s a nice guy.”
The 5-foot-10, 207-pounder said Alabama is a school he’s been interested in since he was a little kid, even with him being from the Northeast. Swift will make the trip to Tuscaloosa sometime this spring or summer. When he gets on campus, he knows what he wants to get out of the trip.
“I want to meet Nick Saban and hear about all of the experience he has and get all of the knowledge that I can possibly get with him,” Swift said. “It just seems like a good environment there. They produce good players, too.”
Alabama already has two running backs committed in the Class of 2017: the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect, Najee Harris, and four-star Brian Robinson.
With the Crimson Tide having the top player in the country committed, would that make him stay away from Alabama?
“Najee and I are really good friends, actually. I’m a competitor. I think I could contribute in ways that he can’t,” Swift said. “We’re both good players. He brings a lot to the table and I bring a lot to the table as well. I’m very versatile in my style of play. I can do whatever coaches need me to do. I’m not shying away from any competition.”
Swift, who was named the U.S. Army All-American combine MVP in January, called Harris’ and his game similar. But there’s one big difference.
“He’s more of the typical Alabama running back,” Swift said of Harris. “He’s like 220 pounds and over six feet tall, which is the typical Alabama back. I think I’m more shifty than he is and could play in the slot as well.”
Swift didn’t mention Alabama as one of the schools that have been on him the hardest. He said Georgia, Penn State, Florida State, Ohio State, Clemson and Miami are coming after him more than any other school. The reason for why Alabama wasn’t listed is because he doesn’t get to talk to Saban that often, he said.
But Swift is looking forward to that meeting with Saban, and it could help Alabama land the nation’s top all-purpose back.
“When I sit down with Coach Saban and listen to what he has to say, I want to take back some knowledge to take back to my high school to share it with my teammates and help me with my senior season,” Swift said.
Swift is rated as Pennsylvania’s No. 1 overall prospect. He plans on making his commitment after his senior season.
All ratings and rankings are from 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.