INDIANAPOLIS – Jovan Swann’s team is pulling off the unexpected with an undefeated run through the Indiana state high school playoffs. He sees parallels between it and a main school he’s considering for college, unbeaten Iowa.
The Hawkeyes (8-0 overall, 4-0 Big Ten) have emerged from pre-season irrelevance to a No. 9 ranking in the country. Despite the local paper here picking it to lose here Friday night, Swann’s Greenwood (IN) Center Grove squad moved to 12-0 and into the Class 6A semifinals with a 24-13 victory against perennial power Warren Central High.
“It’s an amazing season,” the 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive lineman said of Iowa. “It’s always gratifying when you can go undefeated with a team like that working hard together like we do (at Center Grove) as a community. The camaraderie that that team has built just to go undefeated is a great thing. And Top 10 in the nation is beautiful.”
Swann planned to attend Saturday’s game at Indiana, where the Hawkeyes traveled. He’s shown solid interest in both schools and was interested in obtaining a first-hand look at them
Stanford has played host to Swann on his only official visit to date. He named the Cardinal is leader after that trip but still sounded open to other programs here Friday night.
“I’ve continued to talk with schools as we continue through the (playoffs) but they know where I am right now, focusing on my team, and I respect them for respecting my time,” he said. “They’re just talking their time and I’ll plan some visits after (the playoffs).
“At this point, I might take a couple more official visits. I might take all of them and then see what school fits me best. That’s all part of the process, see which school fits you best. I’ll talk to my family and friends and then get that decision made.”
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, Northwestern, Purdue, Stanford and Vanderbilt are among the reported offers for Swann. He appears focused on Stanford, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan State but has not ruled out any school.
“Academics and my future are the keys to my decision, for sure,” he said.
Swann, who wants to be a dentist, has visited Iowa on numerous occasions. Assistant Jim Reid has led the Hawkeyes recruitment along with others on the staff, including head coach Kirk Ferentz. They’ve shown that the athletic lineman is a priority.
“Things with Iowa are great. Coach Reid and I still keep in contact. We talked a couple of days ago. We keep in great contact and Coach Ferentz as well. That’s where we stand. Great contact,” he said.