By RENALDO DORSETT
The recruitment process for Bahamian football player David Swaby has come to an end after the highly touted junior college transfer announced his decision on the next stop of his athletic career.
Swaby committed to the Oklahoma Sooners and will join the incoming 2018 class in Norman, Oklahoma, this fall. The 6’9” 290-pound lineman for the Navarro Junior College Bulldogs had his choice of several elite Division I programmes.
“I would like to officially announce that I am shutting down my recruitment. I would not be where I am today without the support and guidance of my mother and siblings who have been by my side showing me unconditional love,” he said. “I would like to give a special thanks to the coaching staff at Navarro College, especially my great offensive line coach Jens Danielsen for encouraging and supporting me every step of the way and always believing in me. This decision was not made lightly, after praying and talking with my family I have chosen to commit to the University of Oklahoma.”
Swaby had an official visit with the University of Tennessee Volunteers, but has garnered the attention of many elite programmes across the US including offers from fellow SEC powerhouse Ole Miss, Baylor, Houston, Arkansas State, New Mexico, SMU, North Texas, Texas State and Southern Mississippi.
Swaby will enrol for the summer session in preparation for the upcoming season. The Bahamian gridiron connection at Navarro College has also included former offensive lineman Rico Forbes.
Coming out of Christian Life Center Academy in Houston, Texas, Forbes signed with Baylor but was not cleared by the NCAA Clearing House and played two seasons at Navarro. As a sophomore, he helped Navarro to an 11-1 record and the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship.
He found his way back to NCAA Division I when he enrolled at Washington State in 2011.