The cryptic world of college recruiting has claimed another victim.
Homestead freshman Caleb Swanigan has seen his popularity amongst college coaches soar on the AAU circuit that sees him sometimes competing two years up for the 17U Spiece Indy Heat squad.
With that added attention has come contact with top high-major programs, including Ohio State.
So where does the 6-foot-8, 260 pound forward stand with the Buckeyes?
“They told me that they would accept my commitment if I gave it to them, but I don't know if that means I have an offer from them or not,” Swanigan said. “We need to clarify that.”
Whatever the situation with Ohio State, it is safe to say that Coach Thad Matta will not be the only coach clamoring for the opportunity to add Swanigan to their Class of 2016 recruiting class.
One of Swanigan's big deficiencies during his freshman campaign with Homestead was stamina and being able to play effective minutes on the floor for a prolonged period of time. Last weekend at the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam, Swanigan showed vastly improved cardio, at one point playing four straight games between the Spiece 17U and 15U teams.
“This past year in high school I'd say I was a little out of shape, but now I have my wind more,” Swanigan said. “I just want to continue to work on my athleticism (in the summer).”
Swanigan will also be keeping a close eye on his height over the next few months. He has decided to focus on basketball on the next level, putting his high school football career in peril. He says once he surpasses 6-8, he will drop football and completely focus on the hardwood.
That inch could come next week or next year.
“I am supposed to be 6-10 or 6-11 when I am done growing,” Swanigan said. “My cutoff height for football is 6-8 because I do not want to be too tall.
“I am not sure if I will play sophomore year (in football), we will see.”
Illinois-Chicago is the lone official scholarship offer so far for Swanigan, who has an idea of where he wants to play.
“I want to play in the Big 10,” Swanigan said. “They have a history of great big men and it is a tough league. It will prepare me for the next level if that is possible.”
Swanigan has not heard much from Indiana up to this point other than a few questionnaires.
There have been rumors swirling that Swanigan will not return to Homestead in the fall and will transfer elsewhere. However, Swanigan says he is content where he is after starting for both the football and basketball teams as a freshman.
“Some people and coaches wanted me to play with them or for them and they assume I am going to leave Homestead,” Swanigan said. “But as far as I am concerned, I should be a Homestead Spartan next year.”
Whether that is for both football and basketball or just hoops still remains to be seen.