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Brophy Prep junior DL Zac Swanson commits to Texas Longhorns football

Richard Obert
Arizona Republic
Brophy Prep defensive end Zac Swanson practices at the Brophy Sports Complex in Phoenix, Ariz. on April 26, 2021.

Phoenix Brophy Prep junior defensive lineman Zac Swanson, ranked No. 5 in The Arizona Republic's Big 150 2022 football class, announced on social media Monday night that he has committed to the University of Texas.

That's a huge get for the Longhorns, who watched former Tucson Salpointe Catholic running back Bijan Robinson emerge last season as one of the nation's top backs.

Swanson, 6-foot-4, 248 pounds, has the size, athleticism and strength to be an impact Power 5 college football player. He said he will be able to move from defensive end to tackle with the Longhorns. Aside from playing defensive end, Swanson said he expects to also play some tight end during his senior season at Brophy.

Brophy Prep began spring football practice on Monday.

"They're really good about giving kids other opportunities besides football up there," Swanson said about Texas. "I love the scheme they run. They run a 4-3. That's what I like. I'll be able to play interior and outside."

Brophy Prep junior defensive lineman Zac Swanson committed to Texas on Monday night. Photo by Richard Obert

Swanson, who has been starting on varsity at defensive end since his sophomore year, has 16 offers, including Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, USC, Auburn, Oklahoma and Michigan State.

He announced at the start of March that his recruiting had narrowed to Texas, Kentucky, USC and Oregon.

But on Monday he said he really couldn't find a school close to Texas before making his decision.

"They're saying they'll see how I come in to see if I can play early as a freshman," Swanson said. "That's something I love about it, too."

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