The Oklahoman's Super 30: Heritage Hall's Melvin Swindle 'going with the flow' with offers to play both sides of the ball in college
Going into his junior season, Melvin Swindle had a choice to make.
The Heritage Hall offensive and defensive lineman was fresh off an offseason where he picked up scholarship offers from Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. Having three Big 12 offers as a sophomore in high school is no small accomplishment, but an offseason injury slowed down the offers for Swindle.
“I kind of got cut short at the offseason camps because I hurt my shoulder,” Swindle said. “I had a decision to make: either play for my team, or sit out and wait for senior year. I chose the team, and that’s what kept me going and motivated.”
The choice certainly paid off for Swindle, who is No. 19 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 rankings for the state’s top class of 2021 prospects. One day after a 34-0 win over Millwood in the season opener on Sept. 5, Swindle picked up an offer from Kansas. The Chargers went on to have an 11-1 season, and Swindle was named to The Oklahoman’s All-State 2nd Team as an offensive lineman.
During the offseason, Swindle has picked up offers from Arkansas State, Memphis and North Texas. While those aren’t Power 5 offers like his first four, Swindle isn’t exclusively chasing after high-profile offers.
“I’m really just going with the flow,” Swindle said. “God’s just been blessing me and I just want to keep getting better at what I do. Honestly, if more Big 12’s come, then they’ll come, but I’ll be blessed either way.”
Whether Swindle ends up at a Power 5 or Group of 5 school, the coronavirus pandemic has slowed down his plan on making a decision. He said he plans on delaying committing until he has more time to visit campuses, but that could change if other prospects start committing rapidly.
“I plan on (delaying my commitment), but it’s really just all about the time frame,” Swindle said. “If I see a bunch of guys committing, and there will be if we don’t get a football season, so I might need to hop on it fast. But I’m delaying it so far.”
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While Swindle was an all-state selection as an offensive lineman, he is still formidable on the defensive side of the ball. He is the No. 43 defensive tackle in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and No. 35 according to Rivals.
“He’s a great player, easy to coach and fun-loving all the time,” Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert said. “Melvin started every single game for us and will be a two-way player. He’s one of those guys that’s easy to get behind and all the success that’s coming is deserved.”
Since Swindle and some of his suitors aren’t even sure which side he’ll fit in best in college, Bogert plans on keeping him on both sides of the ball as a senior.
“I could see him playing both ways in college,” Bogert said. “I’m an offensive guy, so I’m a little biased, but he could do anything. He’s getting attention on offense and defense. Some schools aren’t decided yet, and neither are we. So it’s nice we get to use him on both sides and don’t need to make that decision.”
The Oklahoman's Super 30
Name: Melvin Swindle
School: Heritage Hall
Super 30 ranking: No. 19
Weight: 303 pounds
Positions: Offensive line, defensive line
Recruited by: Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Kansas, Texas Tech, Arkansas State, Memphis
About the series
The Oklahoman’s Super 30 feature series will spotlight each high school football player on the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2020 class. The series continued Wednesday with No. 19, Heritage Hall’s Melvin Swindle. See No. 18 on the list in Thursday’s editions of The Oklahoman. Here are the last five players we’ve featured:
No. 23: Emaud Triplett, LB, Owasso
No. 22: Lance Petermann, OL, Stillwater
No. 21: Owen Ostroski, DL, Tulsa Holland Hall
No. 20: James Burnett, LB, Edmond Santa Fe
No. 19: Melvin Swindle, OL/DL, Heritage Hall