With offers from 36 schools, the 6-0, 186-pounder from Mays High School went into his official visit at Auburn over the weekend with an "open mind." Before he packed up to return home to Atlanta, Mays says he knew that he wanted to be an Auburn Tiger.
"I think I made a good decision," he says. "It was a perfect fit. It has everything that I was looking for. I was really wide open until I visited Auburn and everything felt right. I pretty much knew on Saturday that Auburn is where I wanted to come.
"All of the other schools that I was considering, I would have had to leave out one of the main reasons of what I wanted to go to the school for. If I chose this school, I would have to leave this out. Auburn had everything I was looking for.
"The academic support is amazing," Spells adds. "The people support is amazing. A lot of people try to sell you a lot of things, but everything that Auburn was trying to sell me was true. The playing situation is a good situation for it to be a major contender in the BCS and the SEC. They are looking for corners and I want to play corner."
Spells says he really enjoyed getting to meet his future teammates in Auburn. "My player host was Carlos Rogers, but I also spent a lot of time with Cadillac (Carnell Williams) because they stay together. I was also with Ronnie Brown and Jason Campbell. They were hosts to Calvin Booker, Brad Lester and Jerald Watson and, ironically, we are all going to Auburn. Jerald didn't know I was going to commit and he didn't know I was going to commit. We talked about it, but I didn't know he had committed. He had a real good time."
Lester and Booker were already committed when they arrived for their official visits. Watson, a running back from Louisiana, was committed to LSU prior to his Auburn visit. It wasn't the first time that Spells had run into Watson and the two hit it off on their trip to AU. "I had to race him about a year and a half back in an indoor race," Spells says. "He is really fast. He killed me."
Spells, who picked Auburn over Wisconsin, Wake Forest, Mississippi State, Duke and others, ran a blistering 4.47 40 at the Nike Combine and a 4.48 at a Georgia Tech camp. He says his best time is a 4.38.
"We all hung out and for them to be superstars who had the opportunity to decline to go to the league, I was impressed with how personable they were," Spells says. "I am talking about Ronnie, Cadillac, Carlos and Jason. I could see myself being around them and I can see myself being one of those people one day.
"They were totally different than I expected them to be," Spells notes. "They were still the same people they were when they came in. They are very humble. They still want to do what they have to do to succeed. They all go to class. They are all want to graduate and they are all going to get their degrees. They are all doing very well.
"Two of them are going to come into their senior year with their degrees in hand and another is going to graduate in the fall. They do have academic support. They are getting an education. I loved the academic adviser I met. The people I met were great. I loved Coach Tubs. Everything went well."
Spells, who is strong academically, is interested in majoring in business at Auburn.
Tiger Ticket Extra: Spells has the speed to compete in track at the college level with best times of 10.72 in the 100 meters, 21.65 for 200 meters and 47.2 in the 400. "I want to compete in both football and track in college," he says...With Auburn commitment Calvin Booker leading the way at offense as the Mays High quarterback and a very strong secondary anchoring the defense, that school finished the season 11-1. Spells and his teammates in the secondary did not allow a touchdown pass last season. Spells likes to use his speed to be a big-play man on defense. He came up with nine fumble recoveries this past season and intercepted five passes while making 45 solo tackles. He also forced four fumbles and scored points by making two tackles for safeties and running a fumble for a touchdown. Spells added two sacks.