“I was supposed to leave for (Minnesota’s) camp (Sunday) morning,” Swift said by phone from his home in Hutchinson, Minn.
Instead, Swift, who is the Huskers’ first known commitment, had to tell the Golden Gophers he was off the market. Swift, who attended NU’s football camp last week, said the Huskers made him an offer two weeks ago. Apparently, NU’s coaches, who can’t comment on recruits until they sign their letters of intent, were impressed with Swift’s ability to catch everything in sight.
“If he can touch it, he’s usually going to catch it,” said Hutchinson football coach Andy Rostberg.
Swift, 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, is preparing for his senior year at Hutchinson High, where he has scored a total of 61 touchdowns the last two seasons. Rostberg uses Swift as a wideout, tailback, free safety and return man.
“He’s a phenomenal football player, but he’s even a better young kid,” Rostberg said. “He’s just an ultimate competitor. He’s going to compete every minute of the game or practice.”
Rostberg said Swift, clocked at an electronic 4.79 in the 40, attracted interest from programs throughout the Big 12 and Big Ten. But on the seven-hour drive back to Hutchinson after the Nebraska camp, the two agreed Nebraska was the best fit.
“The coaches are all amazing,” said Swift, who was recruited by NU offensive coordinator Barney Cotton. “Coach Cotton came to our school. He’s a really nice guy.”
Rostberg said he and Swift have no concerns about Nebraska rebounding from last year’s 7-7 season.
“Around here,” Rostberg said, “when you talk about Nebraska football, it’s one of the top programs in the entire country. It’s such a classy outfit.”