Not only is Andrew Sweat (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) one of the top players in Pennsylvania, but also he's one of the most highly recruited players in the country. Sweat made a number of unofficial visits during the spring in order to get an idea of what all the programs had to offer. Now that the May evaluation period is here, Sweat is taking a step back from recruiting.
"A lot of coaches are just coming through school," Sweat commented when asked about his recruitment. "But I'm just concentrating on finishing up my baseball season. This week is the last week of our season and they we go to playoffs. After baseball, I'm going to visit a couple of places with my mom. My mom hasn't been to any of the schools that I've visited yet. I'm going to take her, but I'm not sure where we'll go yet. I'm going to sit down with my parents and my coach and talk things over the next couple weeks and narrow things down.
"In a way I can step back from recruiting because I'm not taking all these trips. Obviously every school that you visit is going to impress you. These are the top football programs in the country and the top institutions in the country, so every school is going to impress you. I just need to step back for a couple weeks in think about things. I need to step back so that I don't have a biased opinion because I just visited a school.
"I'm not sure which schools I'll visit. I'll know a lot more once I sit down with my parents and my coach and discuss things, but right now I'm looking at Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Pitt, Virginia, and North Carolina."
Although the Irish have already received commitments from three of their top linebacker prospects, Sweat is still hearing from Notre Dame.
"I've been in touch with coach Brown and coach Latina," Sweat said. "Coach Weis and coach Latina were both just at my school and coach Brown made a trip to my school. They're still recruiting me really hard. I thought that might have died off because they got two inside linebacker commitments, but they're still recruiting me really hard. They still say that they really want me, so that hasn't changed at all.
"I've always thought of Notre Dame very highly. The tradition, the academics and football speak volumes for the school. The coaches have just reiterated it, so nothing has change during recruiting.
"When I first started looking at schools one of the things I looked at was depth, but the more people I've talked to and the more I've seen, if a school doesn't have depth at your position they're going to get it. All these schools are so great that I know they'll add depth and if there is depth they'll keep adding depth. You're just going to have to beat out people everywhere.
Sweat has been to all the schools that are still under consideration except North Carolina. The Tar Heels might be slightly behind the other schools, but they have caught Sweat's attention.
"It's a good school," Sweat said of North Carolina. "I've heard it's a pretty campus. Butch Davis is there and I think it's a program on the rise. Some of my family lives in South Carolina so it's kind of close to them. It's a school that I thought that I'd at least check out."