Virginia starting right tackle and grad transfer Ryan Swoboda has told The Tech Lunch Pail that he will be taking a visit to Virginia Tech next weekend on January 16th days before the start of VT's spring semester.
SCOOP: Virginia starting RT/grad transfer Ryan Swoboda is visiting Virginia Tech next weekend as he told me. More on Swoboda, the #Hokies pursuit of him led by Joe Rudolph, and what he could mean for VT here: https://t.co/4QS5gQ7J1s— Tim Thomas (@TimThomasTLP) January 8, 2022
Swoboda has been the starting right tackle at Virginia for the past two seasons and is a very intriguing player with tremendous size at 6'10'' and over 320 pounds. Swoboda would have only one year of eligibility remaining. He is also considered one of the top 25 currently available transfers by The Athletic which would put him among the top 35-40 overall transfers in the country to date.
Swoboda does have a visit to Miami set for January 14th that was previously reported by others while he has also received interest from numerous other schools with these being the "main schools" interested in him.
"Main schools to hit me up were FSU, Miami, UCF, VT, Penn State, Illinois, Boston College, Northwestern, California, Texas Tech, Washington State, and Mississippi State," Swoboda told us.
Offensive line coach Joe Rudolph has been leading the Hokies' pursuit of Swoboda with other Hokie offensive assistants also involved in his recruitmentt.
There's no doubt that the offensive line is a priority for the Hokies in the transfer portal with tackle being of particular importance with Luke Tenuta going off to the NFL and Silas Dzansi likely better off at guard than tackle. Swoboda may only be a one-year grad transfer, but there's no doubt that he would be a significant boost to Tech's offensive line and could definitely be an All-ACC tackle in 2022.
The appeal and reputation of Joe Rudolph appears to already be making a difference for the Hokies in the transfer portal with Swoboda setting a visit and the Hokies making the top 5 for highly offered Cornell OL/FCS All-American Hunter Nourzad.
The competition will be tough for the Florida native Swoboda with Miami set to get a visit, and Florida State and UCF both heavily involved, but the Hokies clearly have some strong momentum to get a UVA right tackle to seriously consider VT.