DB Damian Swann draws attention on diamond as well as gridiron

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Grady’s Damian Swann is a great high school football player and a big-time college prospect. Everybody knows that.

What a lot of folks don’t know is that he’s also hot-hitting, slick-fielding, base-stealing baseball player as well. And it’s a sport he’d like to play beyond high school.

“I’ve talked to a couple of schools about it and they’ve said they wouldn’t mind me playing baseball if that’s what I want to do,” said the 6-foot, 175-pound athlete. “I’m not really sure yet if I’m going to pursue it as a walkon in college. But I’m really considering it.”

Swann has even gotten some looks from professional baseball. But it’s his play on the gridiron as a defensive back, wide receiver and kick returner that has brought him national recruiting recognition.

“A couple of scouts got my number at a couple of showcases,” said Swann, who plays shortstop, center field, catcher and some pitching. “But, I mean, it hasn’t really been crazy like football has been. And getting all the recognition in football that I have, I really look at it as football is going to be my ticket to where I want to go. I’m not saying that I couldn’t make it in baseball. It’s just that football is already here and laid out for me. All I’ve got to do is take it.”

Swann definitely has some good opportunities. He received a scholarship offer from N.C. State on Wednesday. That was number 15 overall.

Standing out among the other 14 are Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Virginia Tech.

“I’d say Alabama has been my top school for the past couple of months, probably since my season ended,” said Swann, who said he’s hoping to drive over to Tuscaloosa this weekend. “And then Georgia and I have Florida and Virginia Tech. Those are some people I’ve really been in a lot of contact with. Those are the top four.”

Not included on Swann’s list is Georgia Tech, which happens just a short drive from Grady.

“It was but I just decided it’s too close to home,” Swann said. “Me going to Tech, I think it would be a big distraction knowing home is 20 minutes away. I think I should be at least an hour, hour and a half away, somewhere by myself where I can really focus on what I’ve got to get done and not worry about all the people that I grew up with.”

Swann attended Georgia’s first junior day on January 30 and was planned to return last weekend but could not due to a baseball conflict. He plans to get back to Athens as often as possible in the coming months.

“I’m going to stop by every chance I get to really get a feel for Coach Richt and Coach Bobo and Coach Lakatos,” Swann said. “I want to see if that’s where I want to be.”

In the final anaysis, what will Swann’s criteria be?

“I’m just going to try to look at it like which school has the best academics for me,” he said. “Just in case I get hurt I have to look at it like, am I going to like going to school at this place for four years if I’m not playing football? That’s how I’m mainly looking at it. Then I’m looking at the kind of program it is, where are they going to be in the future, how is the program going to be in two or three years?”

In addition to baseball Swann also runs track. So far he’s been able to balance school and recruiting without too much trouble. But he knows it’s only going to intensify.

“It’s been pretty good so far considering it’s my junior year,” Swann said. “But everyone who’s giving me advice is telling me it’s going to get worse as the year goes on. It’s going get hectic soon I expect but it hasn’t been too bad so far. I’m enjoying it right now.”

40 comments Add your comment

jio

March 4th, 2010
4:23 pm

dawgerbrown

March 4th, 2010
4:26 pm

first? i truly have not life

bruce mac

March 4th, 2010
4:51 pm

Not said, “I want to go where they play big boy football”!!! Bama, UGA or FL. Sounds like smart kid. No reason to insult the local powder puff crowd.

Tailback U

March 4th, 2010
5:02 pm

Hopefully this kid is destined for the red and black.
Got to be impressed with his abilities . Hopefully we
get our act together enough that Alabama is not leading
the pack with quite the number of high profile guys that they
right now because of winning the NC . In Alabama it is
to be expected but Ga. kids are different story.

Dawg 3/20

March 4th, 2010
5:10 pm

“I want to go where they play big boy football”!!! Bama, UGA or FL.”

You confused UGA for Texas. UGA is not big boy football, never really has been.

http://cdn1.sbnation.com/photo_images/79707/30378_Urban_Meyer.jpg

trueUGAfan

March 4th, 2010
5:49 pm

a memo for the in-state guys “stay at home”. rep your state to the fullest, thats what the guys in place like Texas, Bama, Fla are doing. damn going other places and making them look good. and for the record, Texas has so many commits at this time of year because there are so many kids in that state that wanna be Longhorns, that if they don’t commit when they are offered, they run the risk of missing out on there dream school, you only have 25-28 schollys to honor. there hundreds of kids in Texas that wanna be Longhorns… so please stop comparing UGA commits to a school like Texas, check around the SEC and you will see the numbers are more comparable…GO DAWGS

BDAWG

March 4th, 2010
6:39 pm

it’s about jumping on the bandwagon. Ala., Aub. and other schools tell them what they want to hear and they fall for it. With UGA needing CBs the in state kids should be pouncing on the opportunity to commit and compete for a starting job. I’m sorry that CMR won’t lie to them but they have to remember that you don’t get to the NFL by sitting behind 2 or 3 other guys waiting to play.

Ron Mexico

March 4th, 2010
6:41 pm

UGA gets lots of Florida recruits and Alabama kids too, no big deal if all the GA kids don’t come. Bama can’t get all the kids in Bama so they got no choice but to look elsewhere. Hope this kid comes to UGA though. Go Dawgs!

We are proud of you

March 4th, 2010
6:45 pm

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com We just sent our first UGA classic tin lunchbox to a army hero working in Iraq. We love you and are proud, may God Bless you and keep you safe until your return home. Go Dawgs!!

GoldenDawg

March 4th, 2010
8:11 pm

BDAWG how true. Look at FL, they have more kids on scholarship than they have available. Now they are hoping someone screws up or doesn’t make the grade.

trueUGAfan

March 4th, 2010
8:21 pm

i’m just simply saying that if our best stay in state, we would be unmatched, pound for pound, the best football is played in GA period…they stay home we are a much better program, from starters to depth, all schools will get kids from other states, thats not what i’m saying, if our best stay in state and stop drinking the kool-aid that other coaches are mixing up, we (UGA) would be on par with any school in the nation every year. look at the top 10 schools and count the contributing players from GA that are on their roster…GO DAWGS-

dont forget...

March 4th, 2010
9:18 pm

“I want to go where they play big boy football”!!! Bama, UGA or FL.”
Yea don’t forget he mentioned VT in there buddy and don’t even try and say VT isnt big boy football.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

March 4th, 2010
10:09 pm

Swann will likely end up at UGA…. Bama is already 3 deep at CB.

BAMA FAN #2

March 5th, 2010
4:17 am

If the Swann kid wants to play in the NFL Saban and Kirby Smart would be his position coaches and would learn from the best!! Anybody with a brain knows Bama is on a roll and Saban is not going any where else but to retire at Lake Burton after coaching the crimson tide to another NC!!

WAR EAGLE

March 5th, 2010
6:00 am

Just go to uga and never win anything. Your choice kid!

south

March 5th, 2010
6:39 am

WAR EAGLE- He can go to UGA and at least count AU as a win every year

Vick=Dog killing thug

March 5th, 2010
8:09 am

War Eagle’s comment is pretty silly but you have to suspect he’s a dang bug sitting in his dorm room eating cheese wiz.

joe joe

March 5th, 2010
9:01 am

There is only one SEC school that wins National Championships in football and baseball.

SecIsFootball

March 5th, 2010
9:10 am

BDAWG….Tells them thing they want to hear? You mean things like if they come to BAMA they will compete for championships. Know what you speak of before you speak. BAMA lost 6-7 DB’s this year due to graduation and will be starting 3 new guys. We had a good DB haul in this class but Saban is always going to recruit DB’s. What he tells them is if you are good enough to play, you will play. What…do you think UGA is telling these kids they will start immediately? I seriously doubt that to be the case.

trueUGAfan….When you say kids should stay home and represent their home state. Do mean similar to how guys like Ben Jones, Matt Stafford, Knowshon Moreno and Aaron Murray did? Give that stuff a rest. People are going to go where they think is best. Maybe the grew up UGA fans and have dreamed of playing here. Maybe UGA is just the best fit for them regardless of what team they grew up a fan of. Maybe they can actually look at a school like Alabama and think it is a good fit for them. As far fetched as that may sound, it is possible.

Flo-Ri-Duh!….referring to my post to BDAWG, I suggest you take a look at our CB depth chart before commenting on how deep BAMA is at CB.

SecIsFootball

March 5th, 2010
9:12 am

WAR EAGLE….what exactly has AU won (besides that huge moral victory over Alabama last year) that would convince you to make a comment like that. UGA has 2 SEC titles in the last 10 years, several 10 wins season and a NC within the last 50+ years. All AU has is “the family” and a coach with a terrible head coaching record.

SecIsFootball

March 5th, 2010
9:15 am

trueUGAfan…pardon my lack of knowledge or just my lack of paying attention to UGA recruiting each year…but dont most kids in GA stay in State. I seem to remember, until this last class, UGA cleaning up most of the great instate players since Richt has gotten there. That said you guys have 2 SEC titles but nothing in the last 5 years. Serious question….do you guys really lose that many great players out of the state each year? I was under the impression that UGA got most of them and then go outside for a few.

Magic Man

March 5th, 2010
10:18 am

Bama got the early lead as they were the first to get him on campus for a junior day. UGA closed the gap this past weekend, but not all the way. UGA still has their work cut out for him. But, Swann will give them every chance to convince him to come to UGA. I think they will, especially with their need for CBs.

BigDawg

March 5th, 2010
10:20 am

Another inner city youth that will be wasted talent wise at UGA. Name someone that was developed by UGA in Richt’s tenure? Name the last and only National title year for UGA? I am just sick of hearing about how great we are and year after year we fall short of the promised land. Everyone we consider even similar to us has many National titles and yet we only have one in over 100 years of football? And that was over thirty years ago (31 this year) and only accomplished because we had the greatest collegiate football player ever! How can we yearly recruit so well and yet never be in serious contention for the BCS title??? Even the year we beat #18 Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl we were never in contention for the BCS title? We need a new staff! We need some fire in this program and less Bible School. Tired of losing to UF and even worse even first year coaches (UT) or subpar programs like UK. Shoot even the trade school in Atlanta has quadrupled our number of National titles.

SecIsFootball

March 5th, 2010
10:38 am

Magic Man….no doubt UGA has a lot to sell him in terms of a solid program and playing time. BAMA is in a similar position at DB as we lost so many this year. Difference could be a new guys coaching DB’s at UGA and Saban and Smart coaching them at BAMA. I think that will in BAMA’s favor. That said, long time until signing day.

BAMA STAN

March 5th, 2010
11:21 am

13 NATIONAL TITLES – 22 SEC TITLES!!!

Another State of Georgia kid looking at Alabama? Say it ain’t so!!!

Like I said – Georgia is loaded in talent this year – and SABAN is working hard to pull Blue Chippers to BAMA.

We are in the mix of more of Chip’s top 10 than UGA is – but like SECisfootball’s 10:38 POST stated: long time until signing day.

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!

Corch meyers and Percy Harvy

March 5th, 2010
11:26 am

1 2 3 4 5 them gators dont take no jive. gradilations go gator

white trash

March 5th, 2010
12:05 pm

NC Dawg

March 5th, 2010
12:38 pm

I get so depressed when I’m not first! Can anyone help me??? I want to be first!!

Up start Dawg

March 5th, 2010
12:52 pm

Big Dawg….I guess every coach that has coached at UGA suxs! With the exception of Coach Dooley one year which was our NC year! What a cry baby you are! I’m not going to list all the players that CMR has developed. I wonder if you are really a Dawg fan or if you think “you can sway some high school kid” from coming to UGA because of your blogs! If you or anyone else can sway them either way, that is a very weak minded young man.
We don’t need a new staff! If you think because CMR is a Christian he is weak, you are sadly mistaken. Being a Christian does NOT make you weak, in fact Christ NEVER wants any of us professing to be Christian to be weak, mild mannered, cowering, etc… There is POWER (something that you may never understand) in being a Christian. I’m thankful we have CMR and he is running a WINNING program and doing it with Integrity, Class and with Character! This good guy (CMR) will finish the drill and finish first soon. Leave the program if you can’t support it! I’ve seen your blog before and all you are doing is complaining! Either get on the bus and go for the ride or get off and leave us alone! You are either with us or against us! Don’t sit on the fence and whine! Go Dawgs!!!

Ingram, Julio Jones and five teammates rate in one man's 2010 list of top 100 players to watch

March 5th, 2010
1:02 pm

ESPN’s Joe Schad has compiled a list, and surprise, surprise, the 2009 national champion Alabama Crimson Tide leads the way with seven players.
Here is the list of the seven Alabama players:

3. Mark Ingram, RB
8. Julio Jones, WR
36. Trent Richardson, RB
43. Marcel Dareus, DE
71. Dont’a Hightower, LB
76. Dre Kirkpatrick, CB
85. Mark Barron, SS

BAMA STAN

March 5th, 2010
1:19 pm

13 NATIONAL TITLES – 22 SEC TITLES!!!

BigDawg – 10:20 post – calm down son – How about Asher Allen, Tim Jennings, Bruce Thornton. etc

Vandy Man

March 5th, 2010
2:22 pm

Georgia and Auburn fans insulting each other and proclaiming how great the football and schools are at each place, is like trailer park twins insulting each other, LOL.

trueUGAfan

March 5th, 2010
5:47 pm

SECISFOOTBALL, : GREG REID(FSU), JONATHAN ATCHISON(BAMA), MICHAEL BOWMAN(BAMA), KEVIN MINTER(LSU), DRAYTON CALHOUN(LSU), DARREN MYLES(TENN), NIGEL MITCHELL-THORTON(TENN), those are just a few from the class of 2009, there are many more, all of those kids had offers from UGA

harold

March 6th, 2010
9:29 am

THE NEXT ERIC BERRY AT TENNESSEE.

Brent

March 6th, 2010
11:31 am

VT has Bud Foster, nobody develops talent better, period. Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t. Look at the recuiting class ranking (never really higher than 20th) then look at the wins. 10 or more wins for six str8 years; and are consistently near the top in number of played drafted why is that I wonder?

Big Breezy

March 6th, 2010
7:07 pm

Grady high school is gonna be beast next year. GK GK!!!

KeithB

March 7th, 2010
6:27 pm

UGA hasn’t played “big boy” football since 1980. You get beat by “big boy” football all the time though. Look at CMR’s record vs legit opponents. Not impressive. Maybe the NFL coach will light a fire under the Dawgs’ arses. The only thing that UGA can brag about is owning Tech. Not impressive either. Tech is a school, not a football factory, although they have been putting some quality players in the NFL lately. Brent, it is a known fact that UGA is loaded year in and year out, but can’t get the full potential out of them. Enjoy second fiddle to UF, even sans Tebow and the boys.

BamaBill

March 9th, 2010
7:29 am

Bama bound..bank on it..

Brent

March 9th, 2010
1:27 pm

I hope u don’t mean VT when u said tech b/c we would have crushed UGA if we played em last year.
UGA lost to UT 45-19 whoa! VT dominated UT 37-14. Thats a combined point diff. of 49! UGA is loaded according to who? Rivals HA! Do you really think they can predict the future? I mean I am not sayin UGA does not get good players but so does VT. Beamer and his staff know a good thing when they see it.
I can’t wait til Saban leaves bama for more money some where else(it wont b long), so all the bama fans can shut up, and they can got back to suckin agian. You would think after all those years of stinkin it up they would learn a thing or two, but they are about as arrogant as they come.

Desmond

March 13th, 2010
8:57 pm

FLOOOORIDAAAA!!!!