Will Swanson

Papillion-La Vista South tight end Will Swanson blossomed into a college football prospect by adding about 30 pounds during this offseason.

Two camps in three days changed the course of Will Swanson's future, as the 2020 Papillion-La Vista South tight end collected seven scholarship offers in 36 hours, including one from a Power Five school.

First came the "mega camp" at Lindenwood University on Friday in St. Charles, Missouri, which had coaches from dozens of schools in attendance. His performance there led to offers from Kent State, Wyoming, Missouri State, South Dakota State and Southeast Missouri State. 

Then Swanson made the trip to Manhattan, Kansas, for Sunday's camp at Kansas State. Following that one he received offers from the host Wildcats and Division II power Northwest Missouri State.

"I went into it not expecting that, but to expect a lot of eyes on me," Swanson said. "I went in there and showed I was physical, showed I could catch and I got to talk to a ton of coaches."

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Swanson's only offer before this weekend was from NAIA Grand View. But he's always wanted to play Division I football, and that dream is starting to become a reality.

"Just thinking about it in the car rides back home from camp, it's set in," Swanson said. "I went from an NAIA offer to all of that. It's just amazing. ...

"I have always thought I could play Division I football. I just didn't expect it to happen this quickly. Maybe a year ago I decided I wanted to play college football, and I had a good offseason this winter where I put on about 30 pounds."

More schools are interested in Swanson, who measures 6-foot-5, 230 pounds. Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota and Northern Illinois have all reached out to him in the last few days and want him to attend their camps in June.

He plans to attend both of Nebraska's Friday Night Lights camps on June 14 and 21. He's also going to camp at South Dakota State on June 20. He'll sit down this week and figure out the rest of his visit schedule for this summer.

But despite the recent recruiting attention, Swanson knows he can continue to improve as a player — and these camps have provided valuable feedback from college coaches.

"I need to work on my route running and being quicker," Swanson said. "I think I am very good at blocking and being physical. I think I need to work on my use of hands."

Mike is a prep recruiting specialist for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MikeSautterOWH. Phone: 402-444-1335.

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