Julian Swann, Country Day Defensive End
Profile: 6-foot-1, 280 pounds
Colleges: Swann is receiving plenty of interest from Coastal Carolina, Wofford, the Charlotte 49ers and others.
Andrew Stark: Country Day hadn’t won a title since 2000. What was it like for your team to break through that last season?
Juliann Swan: It was a great feeling. I thought we worked all summer and all fall last season, it transferred to the field and we got what we deserved.
AS: How does that transfer into this season? You may have snuck up on some teams last year, but now you’re getting everyone’s best shot.
JS: This year, we made a few changes in terms of X’s and O’s, so it’s a little more fast-paced. I think we also have a winning mentality because I understand a few years back it was kind of rough with the wins and losses. I feel like this state championship put a lot more confidence in the team.
AS: How is this season different for you coming in as a leader on the defending state champions?
JS: I’m trying to step up as a leader and be a great teammate. I’m here to work and to make us better and make everyone around me better.
AS: You’re getting lots of recruiting interest and have schools after you and watching you. Does that change the way you prepare at all?
JS: It pushes me to play harder, to practice harder and to make myself better overall as a player.
AS: How do you guys get back to the championship and defend your title?
JS: Consistency and a tough mentality. We have to be smart about everything and take on all challenges as they come.