Ready to get back

Alex Spence is ready to move to Clemson and compete for the place kicking job that Chandler Catanzaro vacated after the Orange Bowl, but there's just one problem.

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The three-star kicker, who has an SAT score of 1350 and an un-weighted GPA of 4.0, still has to finish his last semester of high school.

Over the weekend, he made his official visit to Clemson.

"It was a lot of fun. I got in Friday at 4:30," Spence told CUTigers on Sunday. "We got changed and went up to dinner at the West End Zone, had a pretty nice dinner there. Then, I went and hung out with Bradley Pinion that night."

The Clemson staff had a full day planned for Saturday.

"Saturday, we woke up pretty early and went to the Vickery Hall, listened to a bunch of presentations, did a lot of stuff like that. It was kind of monotonous stuff, but you still have to go through it," Spence said. "Then, we went to lunch inside the indoor practice facility and they had Smokin' Pig barbecue for us, and that was really good. After that, we went to the stadium and they did a presentation, showed the season highlight video on the big screen."

He added, "We went out and touched the rock, took a bunch of pictures, then we went down and toured the locker room, training room and everything like that.

"After that, we went to the basketball game against Wake Forest. That was kind of cool. I've never been to a college basketball game before. We went back to the hotel after that and cleaned up."

Dinner at Calhoun Corners followed.

"That was really, really good. I think it's one of the nicer restaurants in Clemson, I'm pretty sure. So it was pretty good there." Spence said. "Then, we went back to coach Swinney's house for dessert. After that, I hung out with Andy Teasdall a little bit, but that night, we were all just dead tired from a long day. So went to bed at a decent time."

The visit was a good one.

"This was really awesome. It was so much fun. It makes ready to get up here and start working, be a part of the team," Spence said. "I'm kind of just going through the last days of high school. I'm ready to get it over with and join the team. it kind of made me even more ready to be part of the team."

Spence was 15-of-18 on field goal attempts with a long of 47 yards as a senior. He missed just one of his 37 extra-points and averaged close to 40 yards per punt.

As a junior, Spence was 11-of-13 on field goals with a long of 43 yards and 50-for-53 on extra-points. As a punter, he averaged 39 yards.

Spence hasn't played soccer since he was 12, so there is no high school season at West Florence. In fact, hockey was Spence's other spot. He gave that up at 16 to focus on kicking.

That's where his efforts will be focused during the offseason.

"I'm just training right now, about five times a week," Spence said. Top Stories