It was the offer D.J. Swearinger had been working for. The team he grew up pulling for.
And Thursday afternoon it came.
"Right before we left my dad Robert, my mom Orma and me met with (defensive line) coach (Dan) Brooks and we enjoyed meeting with him," Swearinger told Rivals.com Thursday evening. "Then coach (Phillip) Fulmer came over and offered and something hit me. I was like that's real cool."
The Greenwood (SC) product felt a possible tender was forthcoming.
"I kind of knew it," he admitted. "I did wells in the drills and had a pretty good day in one-on-ones. They liked everything about me, so I'm proud of myself."
The talented playmaker got a full look at Knoxville.
"We toured the facilities, the academic facilities and the whole campus," the Palmetto State product detailed. "It was an A +++ day. I really like how they seem to put more in studying and education than most other places."
Staff meetings proceeded.
"I met with coach Brooks," the nation's No. 36 safety, per Rivals.com, pointed out. "I had a real good conversation with him. He told me all the players he's coached. I really like the defensive backs coach, too, coach (Larry) Slade. He was straight up with me and told me about all of the players he's put in the pros. There's been a lot."
An early impact is something the touted recruit is hoping for.
"Coach Fulmer said he doesn't mind playing his freshmen, so he said if I come there I better be ready to play," the 5-foot-11, 191-pounder entailed. "I got to meet the defensive coordinator, coach (John) Chavis as well. All of the coaches seem like good guys. Their stadium is real big."
The new offer coinciding with the Volunteers being the defensive back's dream school changed up his leader board.
"Tennessee is No. 1," the safety noted. " Auburn is two and Georgia is three. I'm going to UGA on Saturday and working out and then going to Auburn for a visit on Sunday. Those two are going to have to do something real big to be in the lead."
Even with picking up the coveted offer, the defender still plans to stick to his original plans of taking official visits during and after his senior season before pulling the trigger.
As a junior, Swearinger had 93 tackles, an interception, two sacks, two blocked punts – one for a touchdown – and two blocked field goals. On offense he racked up over 500 yards and eight touchdowns.