It’s been a big week for Monrovia (Calif.) athlete Octavius Spencer. He got offers from Oregon, UCLA and California all in the span of seven days, and this weekend, he’ll be taking his official visit to Eugene.
The Ducks like Spencer as a cornerback, and for good reason. He has 34 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss and two picks. The Bears, though, want to use Spencer’s considerable speed on offense, as a wide receiver, hence his offer from outside receivers coach Rob Likens on Thursday.
“He called me the other day, and that was the first time I’d ever talked with him. The only coach I’d talked to from Cal was coach [Greg] Burns, and it was this past year, during track, when he came to get my transcripts,” said Spencer.
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Spencer has a personal record of 10.9 seconds in the 100-meters, and also runs the 4x100 and the 4x400, as well as competing in the long jump, where he has a personal best of 23 feet. He intends to run track again this spring, and wants to run in college, though he has yet to speak with the Bears staff about that desire.
“They like how long and rangy I am. I can put my foot in the ground and go, and I can go for the ball any time,” said Spencer. “They just told me this past week that they liked me at receiver. They saw my film, and they loved me, and they need a guy like me out there on the field and stuff like that, and about how they have receivers leaving and stuff like that.”
Spencer said that he definitely can see himself being coached by Likens, and that the success of the Cal offense this year has piqued his interest.
“The coach told me a lot about how they have a bunch of key receivers leaving this year, and they have one of the top quarterbacks in the nation – he’s third in passing – and they get receivers out a lot,” Spencer said. “He told me a lot about their offense, and I like them a lot now.”
As much as he likes the Bears, though, Spencer is waiting on making a decision until he finishes his visits. After this weekend’s trip to Oregon, he’ll visit Washington on Dec. 5, and then maybe Berkeley on Dec. 12.
“I actually talked to the coach about an official to Cal, I think the 12th of December, but I’m not sure yet. They still have to get back to me on that one,” Spencer said. “I’m just very excited about everything, and I’m keeping my recruiting open. I’m not going to decide on anything until I take my visits.”