Oklahoma recruiting: David Swaby quickly jumped on Sooners’ offer
Stay up to date with Oklahoma football recruiting with the latest news and notes and analysis in the daily edition of DieHards’ Wagon Wheels. In this edition, we catch up with Oklahoma’s latest commitment — 2018 JUCO tackle David Swaby.
David Swaby never dreamed he would wind up at Oklahoma
David Swaby didn’t mention anything about visiting Oklahoma last weekend on social media. The Navarro (Texas) College tackle didn’t want to jinx anything. He made the trip up with Navarro offensive coordinator Hunter McWilliams and offensive line coach Jens Danielsen hoping they would do more than see the sights.
Swaby knew Oklahoma offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh had some level of interest. The presence of the Sooners’ coach towered over a Navarro spring practice and the Navarro staff let Swaby know Bedenbaugh has inquired about him.
“I knew he was doing his due diligence with me and some of the other offensive linemen at Navarro,” Swaby told DieHards. “I guess it wasn’t sudden as far Oklahoma’s interest in me and mine in Oklahoma. I guess the commitment was sudden though.”
That happened on Monday. Swaby returned to Corsicana, Texas, following his visit to Norman on Friday. He spent a couple of days thinking about it and then pulled the trigger.
“It really felt like home to me,” Swaby said. “I wanted to commit during the visit.”
— David Swaby (@david_swaby) May 14, 2018
Pending wrapping up two online classes at Navarro by the middle of July, Swaby will enroll at Oklahoma for the start of preseason practice. He’ll have three seasons of eligibility remaining.
David Swaby’s recruiting road less traveled
That’s the strange thing about the 6-foot-9, 300-pound Swaby’s football odyssey. It wasn’t even a given that he would play in the FBS in 2018. Last season was his only one playing at Navarro. The option was there to play another season in Corsicana and then enroll at a four-year school in December.
But with Swaby on track to get his associate degree this summer, he began collecting offers. The Sooners were the latest, but Baylor and Mississippi were also in the mix. SMU seemed like an early favorite to land him. He had visits planned to see those schools in the coming weeks.
“Once I started getting recruiting heavily, I knew I wouldn’t be coming back to Navarro in the fall,” Swaby said. “I didn’t want to use up another year of my eligibility when I knew I could go on to a D-1 program and develop a lot better and get coached by a great O-line coach and learn more at a bigger program.”
The commitment brings Swaby to another place he never thought he’d be. He was born in the Bahamas and lived there until he was a teenager. He moved to Florida in high school and it’s there at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale that he began playing football. He then moved to transferred to Salesian High School in Los Angeles, then signed with New Mexico coming out of high school. He never enrolled there due to qualification issues and arrived at Navarro in spring 2016.
“If somebody would come up to me and said you might be playing at OU in next five or six years, I probably would’ve called them a liar,” Swaby said. “I definitely didn’t see this happening. Out of high school, I signed with New Mexico and that was a great program and that’s where I saw myself.
“When I found out I had to go to a JUCO, I remember thinking I would just go to junior college and then go right back to New Mexico. I didn’t think in a million years that I would be in this position.”
Swaby grew up in a basketball family, but he and the hardwood never meshed. When you watch his highlights, Swaby does look like a basketball player. But that’s not a bad thing when it comes to the tackle spot. Clearly the long, tall tackle has the length and footwork to play the position.
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