June 3, 2010

Big day for Swann at 7-on-7

Damian Swann had no idea what lay in store when he took the field at Georgia's Butts-Mehre practice facility for Thursday's 7-on-7 competition.

He certainly had no clue that he'd get the opportunity to showcase his skills against one of the Southeast's top receivers in Dorman High's (S.C.) Charone Peake.

Talk about a classic confrontation.

With 16 offers, Peake has written overtures from the likes of Southern Cal, Oklahoma and Notre Dame, but lists (in no particular order) Clemson, Georgia and Florida as his three favorite schools.

Swann, meanwhile, said he has 20 offers and is the state's top-ranked cornerback according to UGASports.com's Post-Spring Top 75.

"It's kind of funny, I really didn't know who he was until we (Grady) finally got the chance to match up against them (Dorman) and I was talking to Coach (Mark) Richt," Swann said Thursday night in an interview with UGASports. "He was telling me all about him."

Once Richt got through, that's when Swann's competitive juices kicked in.

"I just started thinking if Coach Richt thinks he's a good player, he must be pretty good," Swann said.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Swann more than held his own, going over Peake on a go-route to snare an interception.

Swann also proved he could play a little offense as well, hauling in at least five touchdown passes over the course of the day-long event, earning individual MVP honors.

"I liked that matchup," Swann said. "I've never been one to back down from a challenge, so when I found out he was one of the top guys in South Carolina I just strapped it up and went after him."

When Swann wasn't busy making big plays, he was busy talking with Georgia coaches who were making sure the young star received plenty of Bulldog love.

"I kind of figured it would be like that. I just prepared myself like I always do, go out and tried to do my thing," said Swann. "I think I talked to almost every coach on the staff throughout the whole day. I talked to Coach (Scott) Lakatos, Coach (Todd) Grantham), Coach (Tony) Ball, Coach (Bryan) McClendon, Coach (Rodney) Garner. I talked to the whole staff."

Swann said he liked what he heard, adding he's starting to feel a close bond with the Bulldogs.

"There's really starting to be a good bond between us and I'm starting to really be able to trust what they're telling me," Swann said. "It's just the way they're going about their business. They're doing everything they can to show me the love, and how much they really want me to be a part of their program, stuff like that."

Being the center of attention didn't bother him at all.

"Naw, that's how I was brought up. I'm used to being on a big stage so I know what pressure is," Swann said. "I've been through it so many times that I'm used to it."

Although Swann said he's still wide open as far as his recruitment, there might be some news next week.

"I'm still open, but I think I'm ready to narrow my list down, to maybe eight or whatever," Swann said. "I have my favorite group, but that's really about it."

Besides Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Southern Cal, Ohio State and Oklahoma are among the schools to have offered Swann thus far.

"It's been good," Swann said of the process. "There's been a lot of attention, but I'm used to it. I'm just enjoying things right now."

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