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5-Star RB D'Andre Swift Impressed by 'Up-and-Coming' Georgia, Eyes FSU Visit

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystMay 4, 2016

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Philadelphia running back D'Andre Swift understands he's a wanted man.

The St. Joseph's High School junior holds dozens of scholarship offers, routinely hears from many of college football's most marquee programs and still has nine months to weigh options before national signing day. While he isn't restricting himself to a designated decision timetable, Swift is starting to whittle down his potential landing spots.

The 5-star prospect revealed a top-10 list April 15, with a group of favorites that features the past three national champions:

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Swift, a 5'9", 204-pound playmaker, plans to take this process even further in the near future. His ongoing evaluation of various universities will result in a top five before football season.

"It's getting a little bit later in my recruitment now so I just need to narrow things down and start thinking about this decision," he told Bleacher Report.

More than two weeks since dropping his initial collection of favorites, Swift maintains things haven't changed. All 10 programs still play a factor in his recruitment.

"Every school is different in its own way, but they all have a great atmosphere and excellent facilities," he said.

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Due to a busy schedule, Swift hasn't been able to spend time at every facility. Clemson, Georgia, Penn State and Ohio State hosted him in the past, but he hopes to expand his travel itinerary in coming months.

"I'm trying to get out this summer and see as many schools as I can," Swift said. 

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Ohio State could be due for a return trip, according to the coveted recruit, as the Buckeyes haven't welcomed him to campus since his freshman year. While no visit dates have been finalized at this stage, Swift has sights set on Tallahassee as his next destination. 

Florida State will "probably" receive a visit before other schools and he may have company on the journey. Close friend Naseir Upshur, a 2016 Seminoles signee and fellow Philadelphia product, could accompany him.

"We talk about going down to Florida State all the time," Swift said. 

The 4-star tight end enrolls this summer, so even if they don't make a tandem trip together before then, Swift knows he'll have a personal connection to the program. His most recent recruiting travels also took him south.

Swift attended the Georgia Bulldogs spring game last month, just weeks after a previous visit to Athens. This pair of long-distance trips clearly caught attention from recruiting analysts across the country.

The past five experts' commitment predictions in his 247Sports crystal ball project him to join Georgia's class.

"Everybody in Athens loves Georgia football. It's easy to tell," he said. "You can't beat that atmosphere for a spring game."

Head coach Kirby Smart, hired in December, has enjoyed instant success on the recruiting trail. His staff capped off 2016 in strong fashion and currently claims the No. 6 overall class in 2017 composite rankings.

"Coach Smart is doing some great things with the program right now. I believe they're up-and-coming," said Swift, who also cited a solid relationship with Bulldogs running backs coach Dell McGee.

Closer to home, there is still a spotlight on Penn State. The Nittany Lions have long led his crystal ball projection, though each of those predictions occurred before his junior campaign and that total has dipped to 47 percent.

"They're still in the back of my head and Penn State is always a fun place to visit," he said. "One of my best friends—[defensive back] John Reid—is up there and he's doing really well so that's exciting for me."

Offensive assistants Charles Huff and Josh Gattis have helped the Nittany Lions maintain dialogue with this priority in-state prospect. Penn State last hosted him in Happy Valley for a February junior day.

The Nittany Lions feature a loaded offensive backfield stocked with young talent. This sentiment extends to several of Swift's top options, and while it's certainly a dynamic he monitors, roster numbers won't deter him from pulling the trigger on a pledge.

"I'm a competitor so if I like the school I'm going to come in and compete no matter who is there," Swift said. "I definitely do look at the depth chart but I know nothing is going to be handed to me wherever I go."

His ability to contribute in a variety of roles may ultimately expedite Swift's path to playing time in college. He is an outstanding pass-catcher and has the physical frame to handle a high volume of carries.

"I'm an every-down back and I don't think a lot of backs bring what I can," Swift said. "My style of play is versatile. I can play at receiver or the slot, make guys miss in the open field and also run through tackles."

This skill set sent him surging to No. 31 overall in 2017 composite recruit rankings, which place him atop the list of all-purpose backs. Swift continued to impress Sunday at The Opening's New Jersey regional, where he punched his ticket to The Opening national finals for a second consecutive year.

This invite-only event, held at Nike's world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, features elite competition during multiple days of action. Swift was a rare underclassman qualifier last summer and will return in July as a veteran.

"If you look at the history of guys who went to The Opening twice, they're doing really good things in their career," he said. "It's definitely an amazing opportunity."

Swift is likely to enter his senior season uncommitted and focused on five universities. While he doesn't discount the possibility of an early decision, this recruitment seems headed deep toward signing day and could feature all five official visits.

"I want to hold it off but if I feel as though if some place fits me perfectly, I would decide right then and there," Swift said.

Quotes obtained firsthand by Bleacher Report National Recruiting Analyst Tyler Donohue. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Tyler via Twitter: @TDsTake.  

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