INDIANAPOLIS – Jovan Swann first passes the eye test. Then, the Indianapolis defensive tackle posts high marks with his performance.
The 6-foot-3, 265-pound (legit measurements) Greenwood (IN) Center Grove High senior helped his team knock off perennial power Warren Central, 24-13, here Friday night. The unbeaten Trojans advanced to play Avon in the Class 4A state semifinals.
Swann boasts a long list of scholarship offers from Power 5 schools. Stanford, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan State are some of the schools he likes.
EVALUATION: As I said in the opening, this kid looks the part. He carries a solid and lean 265 pounds on his 6-3 frame with the ability to add weight.
Swann possesses a very solid base that helps him drive off the ball and maintain his balance. He explodes off the ball very well.
Swann also moves laterally very well, especially for a guy his size. He shows fast feet and a strong ability to change direction.
Swann knows how to use his hands to get off blocks. It also helps that he’s strong and physical.
Swann was brought into the game as an offensive guard in short-yardage situations. He probably could play there at the Power 5 level but defense definitely is his better side of the ball. He played defensive end, too, and probably could do that in college but his athleticism plays better inside.
Some of Swann’s strengths were his undoing a few times on Friday. Warren Central used his explosion and strength to lead him too far upfield and out of the play that moved in front of him. It left him grabbing at running backs too far out of his reach occasionally.
Swann needs to continue to study film and recognize when he’s being duped. But that’s picking nits on a player with the skills and natural ability to be really good at the next level.
Swann wasn’t a prospect that received a lot of attention until the end of his junior year and really didn’t start picking up some of his bigger offers until the spring. He worked really hard to get to that point and there’s no reason to think that he won’t continue to do so in maturing as a student of the game.
Here’s a look at Swann in action from Friday night in our video cut-ups: