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Steve Sarkisian went into Arizona for a budding defensive lineman and beat programs on the West Coast and in the Southeast for his commitment.
Phoenix (AZ) Brophy College Prep four-star Zac Swanson has committed to Texas. He chose the Longhorns over offers from Oregon, USC, Kentucky, Utah, and others.
Swanson is the second defensive linemen for the 2022 cycle joining North Shore’s Kristopher Ross.
Swanson took a student visit to Texas for the Orange-White game and genuinely came away with the sense he found his home for the next few years.
Excerpt from Recruiting Notebook:
How he fits at Texas: Swanson is already proficient in the art of playing explosive through the offensive line, which is the name of the game in the 2-4-5 where defensive tackles need to be able to play through guards. He generates a lot of power through his hips but also brings quickness off the ball and will motor his way to plays after collapsing the pocket or pushing through half a man. Swanson could grow into a versatile tackle who could play the nose or 3-technique, versatility which is a preference for the new scheme, and be able to make an impact in the backfield while using some 2-gap techniques. – Ian Boyd
Coach says: Strengths – Good height for DL. Will easily add bulk. Strong at the point of attack and quick through the gap, he’s a problem for nearly all high school offensive linemen. Good acceleration. Well built through the legs and hips, he transfers a lot of lower body power efficiently. Will consistently show some polish in the pass rush: Speed to power, bull rush, swim and spin move (on opponent tape). Will anchor well against power and will challenge and split the double team. Is a heads up player and sees the play develop. Very disruptive once he’s in the backfield with a good bit of speed to close on the ball carrier. Shows fairly consistent tackling mechanics. Likely has position versatility. High motor player.
Areas for Improvement / Concern: Not sure about his lower body/hip flexibility. Opponent tape shows him struggle to change direction. Will let smaller players into his pads. Will get off his center of gravity at times. Level of competition is a slight concern.
Swanson is the eighth commit in Texas’ 2022 class joining Kristopher Ross (Galena Park North Shore), BJ Allen (Aledo), Maalik Murphy (Junipero Serra – CA), Trevell Johnson (Arlington Martin), Jaydon Blue (Klein Cain), Armani Winfield (Lewisville), and Jaylon Guilbeau (Port Arthur Memorial).