August 5, 2010

Atlanta ATH ramps up recruiting

Atlanta athlete Damian Swann has been a multi-purpose star for Grady High School compiling 800 yards of offense as a receiver and 30 tackles and 4 interceptions as a safety on defense. Swann's versatility has made him one of the most highly sought-after recruits in the South, earning him more than a dozen scholarship offers so far. Now Swann is preparing to take on a new set of challenges for his senior year at Grady.

"We started on Monday with our pre-season practices and it's been tough so far," Swann said. "We're trying to make it through the heat everyday. It's brutal right now. I'm going to be playing both ways this year again but this time I'm going to play corner on defense instead of safety. I played corner as a freshman so I've already got a little experience there."

The 6-foot, 170-pound star said he believes having experience at multiple positions on defense could help give him an edge when it comes to competing for playing time at the next level.

"Most schools are recruiting me as a defensive back and I think it's going to give me an advantage to have a good bit of experience at corner and safety. To have experience playing both spots might give me a leg up when I get to school because I can make a transition to either spot a little more easily."

As for recruiting, Swann has kept quiet this summer but plans on ramping up the recruiting process again once the season begins next month.

"I didn't really do any visits or camps this summer because of my summer baseball league. I'm going to try to get to as many games as I can this fall and hopefully start setting up some official visits for after the season. Right now I know I will take official visits to Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Ohio State. I know enough about those four to know that I want to take an official and see more."

Swann is rated the nation's No. 7 athlete prospect and the No. 48 overall prospect.

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