Adjusting on the fly

To help make the scholarship count work, Alex Spence will join the Clemson football team in the summer as a preferred walk-on.

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Spence, the Shrine Bowl kicker from West Florence High School, accepted a scholarship offer from Clemson back in June. Dabo Swinney and Danny Pearman stopped by his home last Thursday for an in-home visit to discuss the new plans.

"They gave me a couple of choices," Spence said. "They said I could sign as a scholarship guy, still have the scholarship, but I'd have the greyshirt and have to come in January. Or I could do the preferred walk-on, pay the first semester and then get put on scholarship in January.

"I chose the preferred walk-on, because I think that I can play next year."

As a senior, 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.

"When I committed back in June, they told me there was a slight chance, since we had such a small class, because my academics were so good, if we over commit people-wise, then I might have to sign on as a preferred walk-on and then walk into a scholarship in January," he said.

Ranked second in his class, Spence has an unweighted GPA of 4.0. The weighted number is 5.149. His two-part SAT score is a 1350. The composite score is 2000.

"I really just take it as a good thing. It means we just have more good players coming into the class, so one semester versus another good player on the team, I guess I'll take a little bit better of a team than paying for one semester," Spence said. "I have almost enough academic money that I don't have to pay the first semester anyway, so it's really not that big of a tradeoff."

Though he won't be signing a National Letter of Intent, Spence will still send his John Hancock off to Clemson.

"I just talked to my dad and got some news. Coach Pearman called my dad and told him they had some new thing that I could sign where I could be mentioned with the other signees, even though I'm not technically a scholarship player right now, but still mentioned that I will be put on scholarship in January right now," Spence said.

Currently in Arlington, Tex. for Team USA's U-19 game versus Team Canada, Spence said his dad will bring the papers to Texas when he flies there this week. Top Stories