2019 defensive tackle Ethan Swanner (West Monroe, LA) is seeing interest rise as the season progresses.
As a sophomore, Swanner was dominant with 20 tackles for loss for a program that is considered the standard in Louisiana Class 5A football.
He sustained an injury in the 2016 semifinals, however, that put recruiting on the back burner for much of his junior year.
“I tore my ACL against Zachary,” Swanner said. “I got an interception on a screen pass and during the return, their quarterback hit me in the legs, which caused me to miss the game (state finals) in the Dome.
“I was rehabbing during part of my junior year and didn’t get back fully until late that year.”
Swanner slimmed down considerably for his senior season.
“I weighed a little more prior to this year,” he said. “I had to get back in the groove and get my moves down. During my junior year, I wasn’t playing as well as I did when I was a sophomore until the last two games.
“The coaches wanted me to play at 250 pounds this year. I’ve had some pretty good statistical games so far. Our defense has been really good.”
West Monroe is currently 8-0 and would be seeded first in the playoffs if the 32-team bracket was released today.
Swanner shined in his team’s stunning week two victory over McGill-Toolen (Alabama) on a neutral field in Shreveport.
“I had a big moment in that game,” he said. “We were down with a minute left, and they could have run the clock out by kneeling it.
“They ran the ball, though. I told my teammates to hold the runner up so I could strip the ball. They held him up, I stripped it and our safety returned it for a touchdown.”
Swanner holds an offer from Division III Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.
“They offered me a position on their roster,” he said. “ULM has been talking to me and things look promising there. I like that the school is real close to home. Hopefully I can work something out with them. If they don’t have any scholarships, I’m interested in possibly a preferred walk-on position.
“Southern Miss has been talking to me, as well as Northwestern State. McNeese State has looked at me. They came to one of our games although I’m not sure if they were just looking at me.”