Bruce Jordan-Swilling made a last-minute decision last Friday evening to attend LSU’s Junior Day.
Louisiana’s No. 4 prospect admitted that the visit to Baton Rouge, La., didn’t change much in his, though.
For Jordan-Swilling, that came last month when LSU hired Jabbar Juluke to be the team’s new running backs coach.
Juluke holds a longstanding relationship with Jordan-Swilling, a four-star running back out of Brother Martin High School (New Orleans). Their bond dates back to when Juluke coached at Edna Karr and he spotted a young Jordan-Swilling playing park ball.
After the their reacquaintance at last weekend’s Junior Day, Jordan-Swilling told SEC Country that his comfort level with Juluke carries significant weight.
“I’ve been knowing Coach Juluke since I was a kid, so we already have a solid relationship,” said Jordan-Swilling, the son of former Georgia Tech and New Orleans Saints linebacker Patrick Swilling. “It all started when I was playing park ball, and it’s very good because he knows me, so I would just have to come in and earn a spot.”
LSU is one of many SEC teams that have already extended an offer to the 6-foot, 215-pound bruiser. Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, UGA, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas A&M are just a handful of the nation’s top programs chasing him.
While Jordan-Swilling hasn’t named his top choices, he admitted that LSU certainly fits that category.
“I think LSU is a good fit for me because they love to run the ball,” he said. “I don’t have a No. 1 or anything, but they’re up there. It’s close to home and I believe they’re going to be awesome in the next (few) years.”
At Junior Day, Jordan-Swilling’s conversations with LSU coaches involved a lot of subjects other than football.
He spoke with both Juluke and head coach Les Miles on a deeper level about life on LSU’s campus beyond football.
“(Juluke said) just to keep working and to stay ahead of the game to also always be a leader,” Jordan-Swilling recalled. “(Coach Miles) asked me what I would want to major in, and he also gave me some tips for the classroom and on the field.
“It was something I really enjoyed. Just being able to talk to the coaches one-on-one is a blessing for me, and I really liked how they were asking me about school because you can’t play football forever.”