Swanigan’s Stock Continues To Rise On Recruiting Circuit

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Caleb Swanigan and his size 18 shoes have tread all over the country this summer, and the 6-foot-8 Homestead standout is now one of the most talked about players in the nation thanks to a stellar performance at the 2014 Nike Peach Jam.
“Definitely my perimeter shooting and getting in better shape are what I’ve been focusing on this summer,” Swanigan told WANE-TV on Monday. “I went to Ball State to get my body fat tested at the beginning of summer and mid-summer, so I’ve definitely lost more fat and gained more muscle. I haven’t lost too much weight, its been the same, but its been more of a different composition.”
Playing for Spiece Indy Heat, Swanigan had dominanting performances in front of a number of college coaching staffs – including Duke and Kentucky. According to multiple reports on Monday night, the Wildcats just put a scholarship offer on the table. Swanigan notes that coaches from Virginia Tech and Cal among others were watching him at the Peach Jam. Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, Kansas and Georgetown are among the other major programs who have already offered. Many consider MSU to be the frontrunner, but Swanigan tells WANE he doesn’t necessarily have a front-runner right now.
“Michigan State – the reason people think I’m going there is they don’t recruit a lot of guys,” Swanigan said on Monday night. “They choose the guys they want to recruit and they focus on them, and I’ve been fortunate to be one of their focuses. So, once they’re on you a lot of people are like, ‘Oh, Michigan State is where he wants to go.’ Right now, I’m taking it all in. They’re not a forerunner or anything, but they’ve definitely shown a lot of support and been one of the frontrunners of my recruiting.”
It has been a busy summer for Swanigan, who, when not tearing up the AAU circuit, has been in the classroom. Earlier this summer Swanigan reclassified from the class of 2016 to 2015, meaning he will be a senior instead of a junior this coming school year. Moving up has required Swaningan to complete extra academic work.
His next adventure begins on Wednesday when Swanigan leaves for Colorado Springs where he’s one of 36 players trying out for the U17 Team USA squad. If Swanigan makes the 12-man team he will travel to Dubai for the U17 FIBA World Championship and won’t arrive back in Fort Wayne until August 15.
Recruiting website Rivals.com lists Swanigan as the nation’s 20th-best recruit in the class of 2015, however his recent performances may cause him to rise – perhaps into the top 10 – when the rankings are revised. He averaged 20 points a 12 rebounds at Homestead last season as a sophomore.
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