Oregon received good news this evening as four-star linebacker Jimmie Swain from Olathe, Kansas announced his decision to play football next season for the Ducks. The announcement came on national television during the second quarter of the Semper Fi All-American Bowl in Carson, California. Swain is Oregon's 17th commitment in the 2014 class and their first commitment at linebacker.
At 6'2, 230 lbs, Swain is a consensus four-star recruit and also considered Texas A&M, Arkansas, and Michigan State. His commitment was not a big surprise to those who follow recruiting closely. There had been rumors for several weeks that he was a silent commit to Oregon but waiting to announce until the All-American game, a report which was confirmed this evening by Justin Hopkins of 247Sports.
In an interview with the Kansas City Star last week, Swain indicated that playing in the Semper Fi Bowl was a special honor given his brother's enlistment in the United States Marines. In his interview on Fox Sports 1, he mentioned the impact that his in-home visit with coaches had on his decision. The culture at Oregon also had a big impact on his decision, as he indicated to ESPN last week:
"At Oregon, it's the whole coaching staff. My mom really enjoyed them when they came to visit. They've been at Oregon so long, and the football there speaks for itself, when a 10-2 season is considered a bad season."
Swain is Oregon's eighth four-star commit according to the 247Composite rankings, and brings the Ducks' recruiting class up to #15 in the country.