To gear up for 2013 national signing day, HornsNation’s William Wilkerson is breaking down every commitment in the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class.
Vitals: Tight end Geoff Swaim, Chico, Calif/Butte College | 6-foot-5, 250 pounds
Committed: June 12, 2012; Already enrolled
ESPN.com grade: 81. Four-star recruit
ESPN.com rankings: No. 26 in the ESPN Junior College 100
Picked Texas over: No other offers
State of the position: The Longhorns will have to find a new No. 1 target at TE with D.J. Grant gone. He led all TEs with 13 catches for 125 yards in 2012. Texas is hoping that guy is M.J. McFarland, who, at the end of last season, started to show hints of what was expected out of him when he got to Austin from El Paso El Dorado High School in 2011. Greg Daniels, who came over from defensive end, improved as the season progressed. Miles Onyegbule, who also tried his hand at the position, didn’t record a catch in 2012.
Pros: “Swaim is a big, versatile prospect who has been a fullback and lead blocker and he's accustomed to playing with his hand on the ground. He's tall with a large frame, long arms and possesses nice in-line strength to hold up at the point of attack in the run game. He delivers a good pop on contact. He uses his hands well to get placement and control defenders. He plays with adequate pad level as well. He is capable of pushing the pile in the run game. He has good feet and can position himself well. He does an adequate job of cutting off on the backside and displays the ability to step, get his head around and seal on the edge. He displays the ability to quickly get up to the second level and adjust to moving targets. He can step down and wash defenders when he has an angle. In the passing game, Swaim runs solid routes and has good hands. He can catch the ball away from his body and flashes the ability to make a tough, one-handed grab. He will go up and try to get the ball at its highest point.” – ESPN scouting report
Cons: “He not is very elusive with the ball in his hands and prefers to head north-south and run through defenders.” – ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Greg Daniels, simply because the two are both blockers first and foremost and pass-catchers a distant second. Daniels showed marked improvement as a TE as the season progressed. Having someone with the experience of Swaim to go alongside him should help Texas.
Expected impact: 2013. Bryan Harsin scanned the country for a junior college tight end that could come in right away and help sustain blocks on the outside to help Texas’ run game flourish. He found him in Swaim, who will play right away despite Harsin no longer being on the staff.