Vanderbilt Football Lands Peach State Quarterback Prospect AJ Swann, former Maryland Pledge

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The Vanderbilt Rebuild has another commodity at the most important position in the game.

Canton (Ga.) Cherokee quarterback AJ Swann, who was long engaged in Maryland, will now play in the SEC. He announced a commitment to Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon.

“The new staff, Coach (Clark) Lea, I have a lot of confidence in him and what the program is capable of doing next year,” said Swann. Illustrated sports. “Ever since I was little, I grew up as a Georgia fan, it’s always been a dream to play in the SEC.

“I kind of want to flip a program and try to get my name out there, show what I’m doing. The SEC is the best place to do it, the best conference in the country.”

The 6’3 “, 200-pound senior, who threw 65 touchdown passes during his college career, traveled to Nashville for a visit while still engaged with the Terps.

“I enlisted during the pandemic, so Vanderbilt proposed to me just before I enlisted in Maryland,” Swann said. “I spoke to them before I signed up and I always spoke to them after… then as the season picked up they got back in touch with me and wanted me to come visit them. I went for the UConn game. , on October 2, and somehow fell in love with it.

“What attracted me about offense is that it’s basically a quarterback offense. They give us the tools to work with and we kind of do everything else. ourselves. It really prepares you for the next level. ”

For the month and more to follow after Vandy’s trip, including a trip back to College Park to ensure the decision ahead, a turnaround was almost imminent.

“I went back to Maryland to make sure I would know exactly how I was feeling, for the Penn State game,” he said. “The atmosphere was great for this game, but something was wrong. I was like ‘Wow, this is really far from home.'”

Staying close to his native North Georgia, Commodore’s latest engagement won’t celebrate or relax until the early signing period of Dec. 15, when he can sign with the program. Instead, he’ll help Lea and her coaching staff build more in the Georgia Pipeline State and beyond.

“I have already told a few rookies that I am going there,” he said. “So I had a few who told me they were coming with me. It will help me in the future.”

It includes the other quarterback already on board with the 2022 promotion schedule, Drew Dickey. The Austin (Texas) Regents star has been involved with VU since the spring.

“Me and Drew Dickey have work to do,” Swann said. “I think he’s a phenomenal athlete, I’ve actually been to a camp with him and we’ve gotten to know each other a bit. He’s a great guy, a great athlete. Me and him are going to compete for one. job with Mike (Wright) and – if Ken (Seals) is still there – with Ken. ”

Swann is a three-year varsity starter for Cherokee and was named the Elite 11 semi-finalist among the nation’s top passers over the summer.

One last message as the engagement fell was simple.

“Come on ‘Dores! “


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