Gulliver Prep (Miami, FL) senior center Gene Swindle will be in Blacksburg this weekend, making an official visit to Virginia Tech. The 6-11, 260-pound Swindle, a prospect that has seriously come onto the Virginia Tech recruiting radar within the past month, is hoping to leave town with an offer.
At this point, head coach Seth Greenberg is certainly interested but has yet to extend an official scholarship offer.
“I don’t think they’ve offered,” Gulliver Prep head coach Harry Gordon said. “They are going to let him have his visit and then take another look. Next week, I think we’ll see what is going on.”
Virginia Tech’s coaches have been up front and honest in this recruitment.
“They were not recruiting him heavily before,” Gordon said. “They had taken a look, but they had two guys in front of him that they wanted first. Those two guys passed. They are interested in Gene.”
After a junior season that Gordon called “okay,” Swindle shed weight, got in better shape and enjoyed a breakout spring and summer on the AAU basketball circuit.
“He burst onto the scene pretty late,” Gordon said. “In AAU this year, he exploded. He has been trimming down. He has gone from 300 pounds to 260, so he is really coming along. He is a hard worker with a lot of upside.”
Although Swindle did very well for himself this past offseason, he still has much room for improvement.
“I think he needs to continue to work on getting in better shape,” Gordon said. “He needs to hit the weight room more. But he has a lot of upside. He does run the floor well. He has nice post moves. He is getting to the point now where he dunks it every time he gets the ball close to the basket. Last year, he still had some room to grow with his coordination.”
Swindle boasts a scholarship offer from South Florida and actually made a verbal commitment to the Bulls last month. He has since backed off of that commitment, though, and has taken an official visit to Penn State. South Florida remains in the mix and so does Penn State, although the Nittany Lions have not offered at this time.
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