Even as he watched his brother Tramain sign to play Division I football and have success at Texas Tech, Millwood's Brandon Swindall wasn't sure that football was going to be his path.
"I didn't think about it much then,” Swindall said. "It really wasn't until last year that I started thinking of myself as a guy that could play D-I football. I just started making plays.”
And Swindall certainly made them.
He finished his junior season with 744 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns on 38 catches. He also contributed significantly on defense, with 43 tackles and four interceptions.
Swindall's future, though, lies at the receiver position. The senior-to-be is currently No. 30 on The Oklahoman
's Super 30 list.
"Him and his brother are such spitting images of each other,” Millwood assistant coach Kevin Cox said. "Right now, Brandon is probably more developed than Tramain was at this time.
"And I think a lot of it has to do with having Tramain around to bounce stuff off of as far as running routes and everything else it takes to be a receiver at the next level.”
The 6-foot-3 Swindall has shown an ability to go up and get the ball in traffic.
In the Falcons' third-round playoff win over Verdigris, Swindall used his leaping ability to pull in a touchdown pass right before halftime that put the Falcons up 21-0 and all but secured their semifinal berth.
He also came down with a jump ball in a game against Jones earlier in the season, leaping over a defensive back to pull in a ball that had been overthrown.
It was that play, Swindall said, that got him thinking that he could make a run at playing big-time college football.
"I just started making plays as the season went on,” Swindall said. "That's when I really realized that I could be pretty good.