Swag Alert: Philly’s D’Andre Swift Pound For Pound Champ of PA
Posted August 16, 2015 7:04 pm
Photo courtesy of catholicphilly.com
With the class of 2016 commitments starting to shape up, Preps.com starts to look at the top players in the class of 2017,18, and 19. With that said, there is no better place to start than Illadelphia, with one of the best looking prospects we have ever seen.
Over the past few years, back to back Quad A state champs St. Joseph’s Prep has been churning out elite talent. In a city known for their catholic schools, St. Joe’s has separated themselves as being a top notch Quad A program that consistently warrants big time division one coaches lurking around trying to get a shot at Joe’s next guy.
D’Andre Swift is that next guy. With an offer from Alabama before his junior year, Swift is already considered one of the top juniors in the country, but has not necessarily received the complete respect he deserves. Being fortunate enough to see elite PA backs like Rushel Shell, James Conner, Delton Williams, Dave Williams, and many more. Swift has quickly put himself in that elite class, and in our eyes even exceeded each of those former PA backs based on early production and potential.
Preps.com has a track record of identifying some of Philly’s top talent early, and not since Will Fuller have we been this excited about a player. Just like Fuller, Swift is the epitome of what we like in a football player. With great speed, feet, and power to run between the tackles. At 5’10 205, Swift is college ready, and we hate to gas a young fella up, but is what we would consider league bound.
What makes him even more intriguing, is the fact that he lines up at cornerback, which honestly I have never seen before in all my years being around high school, college, and professional football. Typically with running backs that have a similar frame, you run into the issue of boom or bust, due to the fact that they either can play tailback, or have no other position on the field. Not only does Swift have the versatility to play corner, but also could be considered just as dangerous catching passes as a receiver, as he is punching the rock.
I could write a thesis on why this Junior is one of my favorite players I have seen since covering high school football, but I will allow his production to do the talking this fall. Although this isn’t a news flash for many, just remember D’Andre Swift graced the front page of Preps.com as the pound for pound champ of PA.
Check in periodically this fall, as we cover the top players and programs in the Midwest and Northeast. Cheers to the new 2015/16 football season!