In-State Prospect Favors Auburn

A prospect for the 2008 football signee class discusses his interest in Auburn.

Dothan, Ala.--A prospect with speed, strength and a nose for the football is expected to be one of the top high school seniors in the southeast Alabama this fall.

Spencer Pybus, a linebacker for Northview High School, is coming off of an impressive junior season in which he made 128 tackles.

Pybus, who stands six feet and weighs 212 pounds, says that "speed and strength" are his top attributes on a football field. "I run a 4.5 40," he says. "I bench 390 pounds, I squat 560 and clean 340."

A player who first broke into the starting lineup for the last three games of his freshman season, he missed his entire sophomore campaign due to a serious pelvic injury, but notes he made a complete recovery last year.

Pybus has been to junior days at Auburn and Alabama this spring and made a second trip to Auburn to check out the Tigers at their annual A-Day spring game. He notes that he is being recruited for Auburn by linebacker coach James Willis.

"I talked to Coach Tuberville when I visited Auburn and he sounded interested," Pybus says. "He told me they are going to be here (in Dothan) to see me this spring."

Asked if he grew up a fan of a particular school, he says that Auburn is his favorite, but also notes he is still looking for his first scholarship offer.

Pybus, who has played both middle and weakside linebacker in a 4-3 front, plans to camp in both Tuscaloosa and Auburn this summer and may go to another one, but hasn't decided on that yet.

Academically, Pybus is a strong student. He says he has a 3.977 grade point average and is interested in studying sports medicine in college.

The linebacker is not the only athlete in the family. His brother recently signed a baseball scholarship to play for Wallace State Community College.

Going into his senior year, Pybus is looking to surpass his big tackle numbers he put up last fall. "My goal is to average 15 tackles per game," he says.

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