LSU has upward of seven spots remaining in its 2017 recruiting class. Like many of the team’s notable remaining targets, Bruce Jordan-Swilling and Tre’ Swilling are going to take their time before finalizing a decision.
Originally, Jordan-Swilling, the 4-star athlete from New Orleans that could play either running back or outside linebacker for the Tigers, was planning to release his top five on Monday. That plan has been pushed aside for now.
After a summer full of visits, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Brother Martin High School (La.) standout has opted to focus his attention on his senior season instead of his recruitment. Jordan-Swilling is extremely close with his brother, Tre’, a 4-star defensive back, who is likely expected to follow the same sort of path.
“I just decided to focus on the season,” Jordan-Swilling told SEC Country.
And rightfully so.
There is no real rush for either Bruce or Tre’ to release a list of top schools. For one thing, fans already have a pretty strong idea of who would make the cut. LSU can be counted on to make the list considering the Swillings have been to LSU several times since the spring, including the Junior Day event and Bayou Picnic. They both competed in the June prospect camp and were on hand for the Thursday and Saturday of the July camp, including the invite-only team barbecue.
Jordan-Swilling maintains a strong relationship with Tigers defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto, and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond is equally as close with Tre’. Running backs coach Jabbar Juluke has been close with both of the Swilling boys since their days playing playground football.
LSU would have likely cracked Jordan-Swilling’s top five. Here’s an educated guess as to who would have joined the in-state power:
- Southern Cal
LSU, Southern Cal, Alabama and Florida have all extended offers to both of the brothers, but Jordan-Swilling also holds a high opinion of the Sooners, who have yet to offer Tre’. Additionally, Tre’ has a lot of interest in Texas A&M and Mississippi State, and it can’t go without mentioning that both brothers hold an offer from their father’s alma mater, Georgia Tech.
Both Bruce and Tre’ make a lot of sense given LSU’s needs on the defensive side of the ball, but here’s a wrinkle in the plan: Jordan-Swilling, as of May, was unsure whether he wanted to be recruited as a running back or an outside linebacker. For now, he’s getting attention from schools for both positions, but the Tigers remain open to the possibility of taking his commitment at either spot.
Jordan-Swilling is a workhorse running back that plays in New Orleans’ Catholic League. His downhill running style reminds me of another Catholic League alum, Leonard Fournette. If Jordan-Swilling wanted to be recruited as a linebacker this spring, I expect that to change in the fall. He loves offense. He loves the ball in his hands, and when the season starts up again I expect he’ll have a change of heart. That may be good news for LSU, which has a good chance of being a finalist for 5-star Mississippi running back Cam Akers. However, it’s not to consider Ole Miss as the favorite, which may lead the coaches to devote more attention to the talented runner an hour away from campus. Sources indicate that Juluke wants to add Jordan-Swilling as a running back, but coach Les Miles like him as a linebacker. If Miles sees Jordan-Swilling produce another 2,000-yard, 30-touchdown campaign, expect LSU to court him as Fournette’s successor.
Jordan-Swilling’s brother, Tre’, is as talented a defensive back as there is in the state. He’s played cornerback for much of his high school career, but saw action as safety this spring. That should only add to his value as he’s a tall, physical defensive back that LSU is always open to landing. As it stands today, LSU holds commitments from 4-star cornerback Kary Vincent Jr., 4-star safety Grant Delpit, 5-star safety JaCoby Stevens and 3-star athlete Jontre Kirklin, who could play defensive back or receiver at the collegiate level. There are only a handful of names left on the team’s secondary big board in the 2017 class. Swilling and 4-star safety Todd Harris are two individuals to know. Harris is down to LSU and Alabama, and if he were choose the Tide, then perhaps Swilling could be added to the Tigers’ class as a safety. Even if Harris did commit to LSU, the team could take Swilling as a cornerback since Tre’Davious White and Dwayne Thomas will graduate after the 2016 season.
The next few months will be quite interesting as far as who courts the Swillings the most. Expect LSU to assert itself in that mix because it can fill multiple needs at upwards of four different positions. Bruce can be that coveted No. 2 running back or a much-needed linebacker, and Tre’ can play all over the secondary. Southern Cal, Florida and Alabama represent major threats for both the brothers, while Oklahoma, Mississippi State and Texas A&M could be in play as well. The fact that they have consistently visited Baton Rouge, La., since February can’t go unnoticed, though, as LSU has remained a regular presence in the brothers’ recruitment.
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU 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 Tiger Stadium.