- Mitch Sherman, ESPN Staff Writer
Butler (Kan.) Community College linebacker Rahmon Swain said he felt “needed and wanted” at South Florida on his official visit last weekend. And that was enough.
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound sophomore from Lithonia, Ga., committed to the Bulls and new coach Willie Taggart shortly after Swain’s return to Kansas.
“I felt I could be a big part of turning that around,” Swain said. “I felt a real good vibe at that place.”
Swain visited USF with Butler teammate Torrel Saffold, a cornerback. When they arrived in Tampa, South Florida was without a coach. On Saturday, the school introduced Taggart, formerly of Western Kentucky, to replace the fired Skip Holtz.
And when Taggart met his players for the first time, the recruits were there, too.
“Coach Taggart seems like he has real good character,” Swain said. “We got to sit down and talk with right away, and then Sunday, I sat and talked with him a little more.”
Swain, who will sign a letter of intent next week at the open of mid-term period for junior-college players, canceled a visit set for this week to Minnesota. His other scholarship offers included Texas A&M, Boise State, Kansas State, Mississippi State and Central Florida.
The move closer to home excites him, Swain said. “My mother hasn’t been able to see me play any college games,” he said, “and that’s a real important thing to me. My family will be able to come see me play.
Swain was recruited by defensive coordinator Chris Cosh, the father of Butler QB and Houston pledge Billy Cosh. Swain talked with Chris Cosh on Tuesday and said he hoped the coach would remain on Taggart’s staff.
The new pledge gives South Florida 17 for its 2013 class.
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