April 14, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Utah State WR Brandon Swindall intriguing NFL teams
Emerging as an even bigger downfield target, Utah State wide receiver Brandon Swindall has put on 20 pounds in recent months without losing speed or gaining body fat. Swindall is 6-4, 218 pounds and has run the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds. Here's a link to his highlights. He's been training at IX Innovations in Houston under the direction of Abdul Foster. Swindall has drawn interest from the Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks. "It was crazy," Swindall said. "I started at 198 pounds and two months later I gained 20 pounds just like that. I have no idea how it happened, just hard work and my body fat percentage is so low." Swindall caught 14 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns last season. He caught two touchdowns against Akron in the Potato Bowl. Swindall overcame a torn Achilles tendon suffered as a junior. As a sophomore, Swindall thrived with 29 catches for 285 yards and six touchdowns. He led the team in touchdowns. A former Parade Magazine All-American, he led the state of Oklahoma with 17 interceptions and set a national record by returning eight of them for touchdowns. He also caught 46 passes for 1,204 yards and 17 touchdowns and played in the Oil Bowl all-star game. "I bring a competiveness," Swindall said. "I want tobe on every special team." An interdisciplinary studies major with an emphasis on health and wellness, Swindall graduated in the fall. His brother played wide receiver at Texas Tech. His uncle played football at West Virginia. "I have to be around sports," Swindall said. "When I'm done playing, I could be a personal trainer or something of that nature. There's a possibility of coaching. Swindall finished his college career with 51 catches for 514 yards and nine touchdowns. He worked in tandem with quarterback Chuckie Keeton. "We became close friends," Swindall said. "He's a really smart kid, really knows football. His work ethic is great. He pushes people. He's going to be a great quarterback in the league." Swindall is eager to learn where he'll be playing in the NFL. "It's taxing on the mind and body," he said. "It's a waiting process, but it's all part of the game. You don't know where you're going to land, but it will all be worth it in the end." Swindall, who has bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times, is represented by J.D. Ogilvie, a Houston-based agent and a former Utah State football player. "Swindall has the physical traits as a physical specimen," Ogilvie said. "It goes much further than that, though. As a person and a player, he embodies everything you look for when you're representing that first group of guys. Hard work, character are all words passed around quite frequently, but Swindall epitomizes them. He has so much raw potential that hasn't been tapped yet. "He has an entirely different frame now. He's growing into his body. He's a grown man now. He has the size that every team wants. He's definitely going to get his shot. He's going to block and catch everything that's thrown his way." Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.