Of course, speed is crucial to Swayze's college future. It's a big reason why Oklahoma State extended a scholarship offer after his sophomore season.
He's 6-foot-1 and still growing, weighing in at 205 pounds now. Though his value to the Dragons is as a quarterback, he'll likely be a receiver or safety in college — possibly with the potential to grow into a linebacker.
People around him have wondered why he didn't jump on the OSU offer. His father was a walk-on with the Cowboys, and the early offer meant a lot to Swayze.
But he's not the type to rush, especially where his future is involved.
“I've even had people tell me they thought I was already committed to Oklahoma State,” he said. “But no, I'm waiting. I'll know when the time is right.”
Aside from Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Missouri and several other programs showing interest in him as a football player, Swayze is also being recruited in track, with interest from Harvard.
“He's an insightful kid who wants to find what he wants to do with his life,” Wilson said. “When he says yes to a school, he wants it to be the right thing. Cole is going to make a good decision for Cole.
“He's a great kid first, and a great athlete second. I hope he has a great athletic career ahead of him, but he's gonna make it, regardless of what he does.”