As a sophomore safety D.J. Swearinger was a menace to opposing quarterbacks. Last fall he became a lot tougher against the run. This season he plans on showcasing the full array of his talents.
At 6-feet, 188-pounds, Swearinger runs the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds.
Last year for Greenwood, S.C. he recorded 93 tackles, an interception, two blocked punts and two blocked field goals. On offense he rushed for 800 yards and five touchdowns.
"My sophomore year I was more of a ball hawker," Swearinger said. "I had five interceptions. My whole game changed around from being a ball hawker to being a run support guy.
"Hopefully this year I can combine my sophomore and junior seasons to do everything."
Swearinger holds offers from Illinois and Vanderbilt. A couple of other schools may be on the verge of extending scholarships as well.
"On (March) 22nd I'm going to be at the NIKE Camp in Charlotte and the week after that I'm going to NC State with two other players. to check out spring practice. Then on April 5th I'm going to UNC.
"I'll be up at NC State but they haven't talked about offering," he said. "Penn State is very close to offering. They said I'll definitely get an offer but they have to do a little more work on me before they send it. I think it was supposed to come sometime this week."