Jovan Swann’s deliberate path in recruiting took him through Iowa City on Saturday. It solidified his feeling about the Hawkeyes.
"The main message (from the coaches) was that they approve of and want a player with my character, drive, abilities and potential. I can honestly say, from this staff at the University of Iowa, that I feel what they have to say to me is pretty genuine," the 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive tackle said.
Swann first saw Iowa in early March when he attended a junior day. The Greenwood (IN) Center Grove standout brought along his mother this time.
"It allowed my mother to see why I favor the coaching staff and great facilities. From it all, this time around I could truly say my appreciation comes from getting time to openly speak with players one-on-one, alongside my mother, to see what they think of playing and learning from at Iowa," he said.
Swann said he and his mother met with Faith Ekakitie, Jordan Lomax and Matt Nelson.
"They shared with me insightful reasons why they, in the end, selected Iowa over other schools like Notre Dame, Stanford, and others. Also, they prefaced it by saying it truly is possible to work for a challenging degree and perform at the collegiate level with all the help around you at the University of Iowa," said Swann, who will study Chemistry as an undergrad before going to dental school.
Rivals.com ranks Swann as the 34th best defensive tackle nationally in the 2016 Class. The service rates him No. 4 regardless of position in Indiana. He also reports Power 5 conference offers from Indiana, Michigan State, Nothwestern, Vanderbilt, Boston College, Illinois, Mississippi State and North Carolina.
Swann racked up 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks as a junior.
"I spoke with just about all the of the defensive coaches but mainly (Iowa assistant) Jim Reid," he said of Saturday’s visit.
Swann said he’s going to concentrate on finishing his school year strong academically. He’ll then visit more campuses in hopes of forming a Top 5 by the end of summer. He said he then will officially visit those programs in the fall.
"Iowa is already set in my Top 5, certainly," he said.