May 25, 2012

3-Star defensive end has Army in his Top 4

The Army coaching staff has made it perfectly clear what their recruiting agenda is.

Get the best players that fit the Black Knights' schemes, offensively and defensively, as well as players that have demonstrated the ability to play multiple positions. But it doesn't stop there ... look for that dual sport athlete and yes, there is more. Find that football prospect, who has the West Point attributes and temperament, along with being the type of player who can add value to the Black Knight's football programs.

Yes, that means the recruit can maintain a 1, 2, 3 or even 4 star ranking within the Rivals.com system. However, when the latter 3-4 star tag applies, well?

Well means that Army could be going head to head for a prospect against some of the BCS football powerhouses, but that hasn't and won't deter this coaching staff.

One such player is 3-star defensive end, Sean Spencer out of Newnan (Ga.) Northgate High School.

Spencer, who is fully recovered from an ACL injury the sideline him for the 2011 season after only four games, currently has 13 offers, one coming from LSU. "I heard from them about a month ago," says Spencer, who was offered a scholarship by Tigers' head coach, Les Miles.

The 6-foot-4, 260 pounder, who has added close to 25 pounds since the end of his junior year has seen his recruiting plateau over the past month, where he picked up 1/2 of his offers.

Even with the addition weight, the Georgia native indicated the most schools view him remaining on the perimeter at defensive end, but there are some that project him inside at tackle.

"My primary position right now at Northgate is defensive end, but I've been moved around ... we just got done with spring practice and I've played from defensive tackle to tight-end to defensive end to right tackle to left tackle," shares the two-way player.

"In terms of projected position with colleges, a lot of schools are still recruiting me for defensive end. But some schools are talking defensive tackle. Getting my weight up was something they wanted me to do."

Spencer's Top Four

With offers from the aforementioned LSU, Cincinnati, Army, Syracuse, Navy, Air Force, North Carolina and others, Spencer did not hesitate to share that he already has a top four, although in no particular order.

"It's Vanderbilt, Navy, Air Force and Army .. and that's in no particular order," Spencer says the very forthright. "I like how those schools sat you up after you graduate and that's what I'm looking for in a school."

However, in the midst of name his top four, he did state that one school he is more comfortable and familiar with has a slight edge as Spencer's conversation turned back to Army.

He has told me that I am their number one D-line recruit and my level of interest is very high," Spencer said when referring to defensive tackle coach Clarence Holmes, who is handling his recruiting.

"Being familiar with West Point will be a factor in my decision. Knowing that my brother (Gregory) went there, that I know what it's like as a student and a football player."

Spencer's brother Gregory was also a football recruit, who was mostly used on scout teams. The 2010 West Point graduate, deployed to Afghanistan just three weeks ago.
"I've been to West Point several times already but never at that time as a football recruit," confesses Spencer, who knows that his older brother and parents are excited about his opportunity to follow in his brother's footsteps, if he choses that path.

"Greg knows that the Black Knights are recruiting me and said that West Point is a great school, that sats you up for later in life. But in the end, it's my decision - my choice," says the big defensive end. "And my parents ... they were very proud when I received my offer from Army. West Point and playing for Army is where I could see myself."

Beyond a solid academic reputation, Spencer summarizes what he is looking for when making his college decision "I look for the fan base that the school has, the surrounding area where the school is located, the atmosphere at the school, especially game day," states the defensive end, who also declared where he plans on taking 4 of this 5 official visits. "My officials right now will be Army, Vanderbilt, Navy and Air Force."

Looking past his recruiting, Spencer claimed that Northgate should be solid in 2012 as they return several player from last year's team that finished in 2011 with a 11-1. They were able to go undefeated in the regular season, only to lose in the first round of the playoffs.

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