USF signs Lake Gibson fullback Swanson
USF coach Willie Taggart made a late addition to his 2013 recruiting class Wednesday, announcing the signing of Lake Gibson fullback Kennard Swanson, rated by two recruiting sites as the nation's No. 2 fullback.
"Kennard is a tough, hard-nosed player who brings a lot of athleticism and physicality to our program," Taggart said in a statement. "He will be a great asset to what we're trying to build on the offensive side of the ball. He was a young man who was passionate about USF and really wanted to be here, so we're excited to have him join the class."
Swanson, who identified himself Wednesday at 6 feet, 235 pounds, was at one point committed to LSU, then Florida, but both schools backed off due to academic concerns, said his high school coach, Keith DeMyer, who has seen progress in both Swanson's test scores and grade-point average. Swanson said Wednesday that he's confident he can reach the necessary academic requirements to be at USF this fall.
"(Taggart) said he needed a power fullback, and I know I can be that for them," said Swanson, who took an unofficial visit to Central Florida last week and said he chose the Bulls over a standing offer from the Knights.
Swanson is the second fullback in USF's incoming class, joining St. Petersburg Northeast's Auggie Sanchez.