Swinney visits Rocky Top, again

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In April, rising junior running back Eric Swinney sat amongst a crowd of 61,076 in Neyland Stadium for the Dish Network Orange & White game.

Several months later, the 5-foot-10, 185-pounder wanted to get a more in-depth look at what Tennessee and new head coach Butch Jones have the offer.

"Things went great today," Swinney told InsideTennessee.com. "I learned some new things at the camp that I really didn't know about. Got to sit down with (Tennessee running backs) coach (Robert) Gillespie today and he is a real cool dude.

"The first time I came for the spring game and we kind of showed up late and I didn't get a chance to see anything really. This time we saw almost everything. The campus, the beautiful facilities and I really got to meet everyone on the coaching staff this time. It was a pretty good visit."

Swinney, who now has offers from 10 Division I programs including Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida State, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech among others, says Gillespie is making an early impression.

"We are building a great relationship," he said. "He is a good guy — down to earth. I can see myself playing for him one day. He is a great guy and a good coach."

A Tyrone, Ga., native, Swinney claims 4.4 40-yard-dash speed grabbed his first offer from the Vols and says there is something special going on in Knoxville.

"They are building a program here starting now," he said. "They are trying to win a national championship and they think that I can fit well into that. The fans and the facilities — it seems like a down-to-earth place to live. I would spend three or four years here and I can see myself here."

After a 15-0 record and a GHSA Class AAAA state championship in 2012, Swinney and Sandy Creek (Ga.) High school are gearing up for a title defense in 2013.

"We are working hard right now," Swinney said. "Summer workouts are pushing us harder than ever before. We are No. 5 in the nation and there is a big target on our back. We are preparing for it. I think we are ready for it though."

You can see highlights of Swinney going head-to-head with former FOX Sports NEXT five-star safety Vonn Bell in the state title game below:

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