Buffs Eye Intelligent, Talented SoCal Defensive Lineman

In certain cases, it seems the term “student-athlete” is thrown around perhaps a little loosely. However, there are also many athletes that work to perform at just as high a level in the classroom as they do on the football field. St. John Bosco defensive lineman Sal Spina is one such example.


Spina has seen his recruiting stock rise, and the attention has come from both football and academic blue bloods. He received his first offers from Fresno State and Harvard, and he has recently added additional offers from Colorado and Yale. In addition to those four programs, Spina is communicating most regularly with UCLA and Stanford, where he camped last summer.

At this point in the process, he speaks most glowingly about the conversations he’s had with the Harvard staff, and defensive line coach Logan Johnson in particular, but acknowledges that he’s also eager to learn more about the programs recruiting him, specifically highlighting Colorado.

“I haven’t gotten to talk to them much yet because they just popped on my radar about a week or so ago, but I’m definitely interested in getting to know them more," Spina said of the Buffaloes.


Although Spina has not taken any trips yet, and he is still in the process of determining which camps or campuses he’d like to visit this summer, he knows exactly what he’s looking for in a college: “I really do want to see an academically-driven school. I enjoy the classroom, so that would probably be pretty high up on my list."

And beyond looking for that specific rigor in the classroom, Spina is also hoping to visit as many schools as possible in search of the best possible fit for him -- which he describes as “the right feel,” something he’s confident he’ll know when he experiences it.

As the 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive line prospect wraps up his junior year and prepares to start his senior campaign, Spina is determined to not rush a decision or draw out the process unnecessarily.

“As soon as me, my parents and my coaches come to a conclusion then I will probably shut it down.," he said.

And in the meantime, Spina plans to keep improving upon what has gotten him to this point on the field, namely his strength and physicality. He also plans to work on becoming more consistent playing both loose and fast, two elements to his game that he believes can help take his game to the next level.

It’s still early, and the intelligent, articulate Spina doesn’t know where he’s headed for the next stop on his journey, yet. But he’s excited about the opportunities that await him.

“It’s crazy that my time is coming because I’ve been looking forward to this for sixteen or seventeen years," he said.

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