Virginia Tech made a big splash on the basketball recruiting trail today landing a commitment from 2024 four-star SF AJ Swinton.
2024 four-star wing AJ Swinton tells me he’s committed to Virginia Tech.— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) February 24, 2023
“I have all the confidence that under this coaching staff my game will grow to another level.”
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Swinton chose the Hokies over a very good offer list that includes the following schools.
- ACC: Virginia Tech
- Big East: Georgetown, Xavier
- Big 10: Maryland, Ohio State
- Atlantic 10: George Mason
- Other D1: Bryant, Howard
Swinton is rated as a four-star recruit by On3, Rivals, and ESPN with both On3 and Rivals ranking him in the top 100 of their rankings.
Swinton has had a fascinating path to this point starting his HS career at DeMatha Catholic before leaving for Oak Hill Academy after the departure of Mike Jones to join Mike Young's staff. After spending a brief stint at Oak Hill, Swinton has since transferred to Sierra Canyon (yes, the one where LeBron James' kids play) for the final part of his high school career.
It's almost certain that the aforementioned Mike Jones played a big role in helping the Hokies land Swinton given his ties to the early HS career of Swinton. While Jones was hired for what he can bring in all facets of being a collegiate assistant, he's definitely been an asset on the recruiting trail helping the Hokies land a few guys including former DeMatha players he coached like Rodney Rice and now Swinton.
Tech's 2024 class has the potential to be really good with the Hokies right in the hunt for a pair of national top 50 wings in four-star Juke Harris out of Salisbury, NC and four-star Jaeden Mustaf out of Bowie, MD. Tech also recently made the top 8 for four-star big man Jesse McCulloch while they are also a major contender for talented Northern Virginia big man Garrett Sundra.
After a solid 2023 class, Tech is laying the foundation for a strong 2024 class starting with Swinton with the potential to have a collection of talent similar to the 2015 recruiting class where the Hokies landed three, four-star high school recruits in Justin Robinson, Kerry Blackshear Jr, and Chris Clarke. While some may say it's too early to make a prediction like that, Swinton's commitment puts Tech on track for that at this moment.