LAKELAND, Fla. - Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson three-star defensive tackle Kennard Swanson participated in Saturday's Elite Scouting Services Elite Combine. The Polk County prospect was pleased with his performance at the event.
"It was a good experience," Swanson said. "We all came out here and worked. I feel like I did the best I could."
Swanson, who checked in at 6-foot, 245-pounds, showed the ability to be a speed-rusher off the edge or to grapple and win battles on the inside. He is being recruited for a variety of positions at this point.
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"I prefer the outside but I will play inside, outside, anything," Swanson said. "I will do whatever a coach wants me to do."
Swanson claims offers from Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, South Florida, Temple, USC, and West Virginia. Other schools such as Cincinnati, Miami, Missouri, Tennessee, and Western Kentucky are also showing interest.
"I have been talking to USC and West Virginia - those two are really the two I talk to the most," Swanson said.
Swanson has developed a relationship with a key assistant on both the Trojan's and Mountaineer's staffs.
"I have been talking to Coach (Ed) Orgeron," Swanson said of USC. "He just lets me know that I can come out there. He likes how I play. He doesn't mind that I am only 6-foot. He thinks I can do good at noseguard."
"I talk with Coach (Erik) Slaughter," Swanson said of West Virginia. "He just asks me about my grades and make sure I am staying good in school."
The defensive lineman hasn't taken any recent visits and doesn't have anything scheduled at this time.
"I want to see USC and West Virginia, that is about it," Swanson said. "Those are the two I really want to go to.
"They are on even ground until I see them," Swanson added.
As a junior, Swanson played at both defensive tackle and defensive end. He recorded 11 sacks and 46 tackles in eight games. He also contributed on the offensive side of the ball as a fullback and has drawn some interest from colleges for that position as well.