St. Joseph’s Prep star D’Andre Swift has decided to showcase his dynamic abilities in the Southeastern Conference.
The 5-foot-9, 215-pound senior running back announced Thursday afternoon via a video link posted on Twitter that he has committed to play at Georgia.
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Swift, a four-star prospect according to Scout.com, chose the Bulldogs over fellow finalists Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, and Penn State.
“When I think of the thickness, power, and speed D’Andre has, it’s a perfect fit for the SEC,” said Brian Dohn, a national recruiting analyst for Scout.com. “He’s so versatile. This is a kid you can plug into any type of offensive scheme.”
Kirby Smart is in his first year as Georgia’s head coach. The former Alabama defensive coordinator played and coached for the Bulldogs.
With former Arkansas and Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Jim Chaney calling the shots on offense, the Bulldogs are expected to continue to rely heavily on their running game.
Georgia’s Nick Chubb, a junior who missed the second half of last season because of a serious knee injury he suffered against Tennessee, is a Heisman Trophy candidate. He ran for an average of 124 yards in six games last year.
Todd Gurley (Los Angeles Rams) and Keith Marshall (Washington Redskins) are ex-Georgia running backs currently playing in the NFL.
Dohn said Swift, who is ranked as the No. 4 running back in the country by Scout.com, is a “kid who can go in as a freshman and, physically, handle 20 touches a game.”
Swift attended Georgia’s spring game in April. A record 93,000 fans were on hand at Sanford Stadium. “That says a lot about the passion of their fans,” Swift said afterward.
Swift and the Hawks are in Southern California preparing to play Oaks Christian Academy (Calif.) on Friday in the three-day, five-game Honor Bowl at Mission Viejo High. The game will start at 8 p.m. EST.
Swift, who has been clocked at 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash and bench-pressed 345 pounds, is a four-year contributor for the Prep. He helped the Hawks capture PIAA Class 4A state titles in 2013 and 2014.
“I knew he was going to be a very good player when [Prep coach Gabe Infante] used him so much as a freshman,” Dohn said.