Oregon got the one they wanted. After some concern about linebacker recruiting earlier in the cycle, Oregon made a strong close on 4-star Jimmie Swain.
Swain said he committed during his in-home visit with the staff.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound prep committed to Oregon several weeks ago when he hosted the defensive staff for an in-home visit. However moments ago he made his commitment public during the telecast from the Semper Fidelis All-American game.
"On the official visit I got to learn more about the academics at Oregon which made a big impression on me," Swain told 247Sports. "I want to major in marketing and the Nike connection with the school is too much to pass up."
Swain said when the Oregon staff arrived for their in-home visit, they were already his top choice. However the visit sealed his fate.
"The visit sealed it up for me and my mom," he said. "The coaches were all so personable and my mom loved it. They spoke to her the right away and I could tell she wanted me to go to Oregon. It was my choice but it was nice when she was on board with it too. I had the entire defensive staff at my house when I committed."
At that time, Nick Aliotti was the defensive coordinator for Oregon. Swain said although he would like to have had the chance to play under him, that won't deter him.
"I understand coach Aliotti's decision and I respect it. I'm bummed I won't have the chance to play under him but I trust Oregon to make the right hire. All of the coaches have been there for so long that tells me enough about the program."
Oregon has gotten much credit for its offense. However Swain said he is hoping to change that perception about the Ducks with this class.
"I want Oregon to be known for defense. I want to come in there with these other guys we are bringing in and change things around. I feel like we have a great class with a lot of big time defensive players."
Swain said he won't be taking any other visits and will enroll at Oregon this summer.
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