Bruce Jordan-Swilling may be taking the recruiting process slow, but he decided to get a head start on narrowing down the field.
Louisiana’s No. 5 prospect in the Class of 2017 released a top 10 on Wednesday including five SEC schools.
LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and UGA all made the cut. As did Southern Cal, UCLA, Oklahoma, Florida State and Georgia Tech, his father’s alma mater.
The four-star prospect also told SEC Country that he has decided to play linebacker at the college level, though he will remain at running back going into his senior season at Brother Martin High School (New Orleans).
“I had a long talk with my parents last night,” Jordan-Swilling said. “I’ll stay at running back, then linebacker in college.”
Over the weekend, Jordan-Swilling told SEC Country he is open to playing linebacker at LSU.
The 6-foot, 215-pound New Orleans native is rated as the nation’s No. 8 outside linebacker.
“I prefer running back because I like getting the ball,” Jordan-Swilling said. “But if they (LSU) need a linebacker, and I commit there, I’d go play linebacker. It’s no big problem. If they wanted me to play linebacker, I could go up there and play linebacker if they want me to.”
Jordan-Swilling also told SEC Country that Alabama was courting him as a running back, and that because of the similarities between his high school offense and the Tide’s offense, he could compete for playing time right away.
It remains to be seen how Jordan-Swilling’s position change will impact his recruitment moving forward.
Jordan-Swilling’s father, former New Orleans Saints player Patrick Swilling, played linebacker in the NFL. Jordan-Swilling began his high school career on the defensive side of the ball before switching to a full-time running back role in 2015, when he amassed more than 2,000 yards and 34 touchdowns.
LSU has a major need for outside linebackers, which makes securing a commitment from Jordan-Swilling all the more important. Regardless of position, Jordan-Swilling was one of the Tigers’ marquee targets in this year’s class.