Tre Swilling made the last-minute decision to attend LSU’s Junior Day over the weekend, and the elite New Orleans prospect is glad he did.
The four-star cornerback was the center of attention for a host of LSU coaches, including Les Miles, running backs coach Jabbar Juluke and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond.
Their message was short and to the point, and well-received by Swilling.
“It was great,” Swilling told SEC Country. “I’m actually really glad I went and got a chance to talk to Coach Juluke, Coach Raymond and Coach Miles, and touch base with those guys.
“They told me to stay focused, humble, and hungry, And to keep in contact. They just told me to enjoy everything that’s going on and that they know the recruiting process is hectic, but just to take my time and make the best choice for me. They (were) kind of selling LSU as the best for me.”
Rated as Louisiana’s No. 12 prospect in the Class of 2017, the 6-foot, 180-pound Swilling boasts offers from across the SEC, including Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
Swilling and his brother, four-star running back Bruce Jordan-Swilling, already took an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa, Ala., earlier this year.
However, the cornerback admitted there’s a different sort of feeling when he makes the short trek to Baton Rouge, La.
“I have a really good relationship and it was really just a check up on us and a chance for me to check up on him and really just have a talk,” Swilling said of his conversations with Miles.
“I try to keep everyone right now at level playing field, but me being so familiar with those guys (LSU) and the players and stuff, it helps the relationships and friendships. So if I had to make a top list, I’d have them in there.”
Swilling has taken a fondness to LSU’s reputation for grooming defensive backs.
Naturally, the Tigers’ coaches have mutual interest.
The New Orleans native believes he’s a fit for what LSU does in the secondary, and after making the split-second decision to visit the school, he felt reassured by his potential positions coach that he’s a top target.
“I know LSU recruits a lot of defensive backs, and he knows that I’m a hard-worker and I’m going to come in if I choose to go there and work hard,” Swilling said of his conversation with Raymond.
“But he also says I’m built for their program and to keep improving. (After visiting), not much changed, to be honest. It just kind of gave me reassurance that I’m a major priority for them.”