Vicari Swain has been a revelation this year for Central-Carrollton. The class of 2023 multipositional athlete has created electric plays on both sides of the football, and last week the junior returned one of the longest interceptions this season back for a score.
Swain’s Hudl film from this game might make you double-take. One play before, he is tipping a pass over the middle, and deflecting it incomplete. The next play looks like a carbon copy, but the 2023 recruit instead high-points the pass, bobbles for a second, and then collected it. Swain then reversed field knowing his speed couldn’t be matched, and he went sprinting down the right sideline for a 95-yard pick-six.
This is not the first play where Swain has excited, just the week prior he caught a pass and then ran around the defense like a feather during the middle of a hurricane. The junior did end up finishing 3rd for the top 10 plays of the week.
It’s been a wild last 10 days for Swain. Both weekends were bookended by elite plays, but also, sandwiched in the middle he earned his first collegiate offer from Vanderbilt. So we caught up with the dynamic athlete to see how everything is going on the recruiting front.
“My recruitment so far has been well, as it should be. I am receiving a lot of interest from Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, and Cincinnati. I recently visited Virginia Tech this past weekend, I plan on visiting Vandy either this weekend or the next,” Swain said.
Swain has taken a jump on the football field for sure, but the 6’1″ athlete believes his intangibles and character have improved the most over the last year.
“I feel like I have improved more at being a better teammate, as in leadership, friendship, and creating stronger bonds with my coaches and teachers, but can’t settle where I’m at right now still more to grow.”
Last week’s win over Pickens gave Central-Carrollton their first win in region play, and was considered an upset according to the Maxwell ratings (granted one media outlet did predict they would win). Upcoming, they have top-ranked Cedartown on the 29th, and Ridgeland to finish off the season.
There is not a lot of time left in the season, but if Central can win 1 out of the next 2 they should most likely edge out Pickens County for the 4th seed in the playoffs. Swain wants to close out the season strong and make the biggest impact he individually can.
“Some of my goals are to make the All-state football team at the end of the year, end the season with at least 3+ offers, to be ranked in the state, and have a closer relationship with God,” he said.
Swain models his game after Eagles rookie wide receiver DeVonta Smith, and at 6’1″ with a slender frame and outstanding speed, there are certainly some similarities.
“As a smaller receiver, who I really look up to is DeVonta Smith. He’s so inspiring to me because he didn’t let his height or weight control how he played, it was how much heart he put on the field.”
Swain has an opportunity to become a national recruit over the weeks and months. He is a dynamic talent with an explosive first step and the top-end speed to stride out past defenders. His recruitment should really take off, so be sure to follow @RecruitGeorgia on Twitter to see his latest offers, film, and many other athletes across the Peach State.