Clemson fans everywhere rejoice, you have signed an elite Punter recruit. Rated by 24/7 Sports’ Composite as the 4th-rated Punter in the 2019 signing class, Clemson beat out Nebraska in order to secure Swanson’s signature. This was a situation where if Clemson offered, Swanson was going to be a Clemson Tiger. Swanson has family ties to Tiger-town, and this was an offer the IMG Academy prospect always dreamed of receiving.
Kohl’s Kicking camps, a site that evaluates Special Teams players much more accurately than recruiting services had this to say:
Swanson recently earned an invite to the Kohl’s Kicking National Underclassman Challenge in January of 2018. He was very impressive during the charting of his punts with multiple going 55+ yards. Swanson has long levers and the lefty is currently one of the best punters in his class. He creates clean rotation, excellent distance, and superior hang time. He hit multiple punts throughout the day that were 50+ yards with hang time over 4.5 seconds. Also a standout kickoff guy (69 avg.) and a solid field goal striker (6 made). Swanson also attended the Kohl’s Southern Showcase Camp in the spring of 2016. The ball jumps off his foot well. His leg speed gives him a chance to do some very positive things as a specialist. He has a smooth left footed motion on his punting.
The site also lists Swanson as one of 29 5-star Punter prospects. After taking BT Potter last season, Clemson is making sure it has shored up its Special Teams play for the foreseeable future. After dealing with a difficult Punting situation since Bradley Pinion departed a few seasons ago, Tiger fans finally have a big talent to look forward to at the position.
Aidan Swanson’s Senior Highlights can be found here:
We got an actual punter! Hallelujah!
Special teams scholarships are always a gamble and special teams rankings are some of the worst (influenced heavily by camps and kicking competitions). I am optimistic we hit on Swanson and he will be able to immediately push the punting position.
Aidan can also kickoff, which might help BT Potter avoid the dead leg he ran into toward the end of this season. You want specialists on scholarship to do multiple things. Swanson and Potter are friends and should continue to help each other improve.