Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Swenson gets dream offer
By Tom VanHaaren
When a dream school offers a prospect it’s very difficult not to get excited. When the dream school offers you as a freshman, it’s hard to comprehend the magnitude. That dream came to reality on Wednesday for 2016 offensive lineman Erik Swenson (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South).
As Swenson’s father, Swen, discussed the offer over the phone, a neighbor in a Michigan jersey yelled Go Blue. Swenson returned the favor and proudly exclaimed that his son received an offer from the Wolverines.
“We’re ecstatic. This is a huge day for all of us,” Swenson said. “If you’re an elite left tackle it’s kind of hard not to look at Michigan. You have Jake Long, who needs no introduction, and now you have Taylor Lewan.”
The 6-foot-6, 280-pound lineman has been on Michigan’s radar for quite some time now, but it doesn’t take any excitement away from receiving the offer.
Despite the fact it’s so early in Erik’s process, the family has had interactions with coach Brady Hoke and his staff. Through visiting Michigan and attending the summer camp, the family has gotten to know Hoke and the Michigan coaches very well.
“The thing about Hoke that excites me is that he has found his home at Michigan. I have the utmost respect for him and really like him,” Swenson said. “We rolled into the Michigan parking lot the morning before their camp and a woman was juggling three kids trying to get them out of the car. A guy came out of nowhere and helped the lady get her kids, and it was Brady Hoke.
If that’s not a testament to who he is then I don’t know what is. I know Erik really likes their personas as much as he respects them as coaches.”
Swenson will be back at Michigan’s camp this year hoping to see more of the campus and continue growing the relationship with the coaches.
It is still way too early in the process for Swenson to make a decision, but this offer has hit home for the entire family. Having Michigan under his belt is a big deal, but Swenson’s father would still like his son to take as much time as possible to make a decision.
“It’s way too early. I can’t see Erik making an early commitment,” he said. “Maybe going into his senior year, but he might as well go the full journey. You see big recruits having to decommit because of coaching changes or scandals, so I can’t see Erik deciding until around that time.”