For a while, Jovan Swann stressed out about the recruiting process. He looked around at others committing to schools and felt he needed to hurry.
Over time, the 2016 Indiana defensive tackle realized he was approaching it wrong. Faster was not better.
Swann has no set date for a decision.
"There’s no necessary reason to rush the process. If a school fits your needs and desires, pursue with a commitment at any time. But at the ages of 17 and 18, it should not become a stressful process, because at the end of the day, I am blessed to be in the position I am in," the Greenwood (IN) Center Grove senior said.
Swann reports roughly 20 scholarship offers. He understands some of those opportunities could go away if he waits and schools hand out all available scholarships at his position. He reconciles that issue by believing he’ll end up in a great program no matter what.
Swann visited many campuses this spring but has slowed things down this summer. He stayed local, stopping only at Purdue and Indiana. He’s scheduled a Missouri stop for July 27.
"These are my only plans for the rest of summer. I will begin to trim my list down to the top schools by the end of August. I do intend to plan some official visits," he said.
Yahoo lists the 6-foot-3, 265-pounder as a three-star recruit, the No. 44 player at his position nationally and the No. 10 player in his state for ’16. The service lists Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State Northwestern and Vanderbilt as programs in which he has high interest. He reportedly holds offers from them along with Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, Purdue and others.
The Hawkeyes have twice played host to Swann on unofficial visits. He’s come away impressed both times.
"I hear from Iowa every single day via mail. (Assistant) Coach Jim Reid always keeps me thankful for the handwritten letters I receive daily from him. With the attention I receive and the two visits to Iowa, they are still a highly respected and valued offer," he said.
Swann mainly is focused on his senior season, with no visits, including any to Iowa, set at this point.
"I’m trying to be the best leader and role model I can be to all my teammates, on and off of the field," he said.