Name: Darius Spencer
Hometown: Asheville, North Carolina
High School: A.C. Reynolds
NOTES: Darius Spencer is coming off a strong junior season. He rushed for 1,300 yards and 18 touchdowns to earn all-conference honors. He also was a standout at cornerback, and he is being recruited as an athlete.
Spencer recently committed to East Carolina after considering offers from the Pirates, NC State, South Carolina, Marshall, and North Carolina.
"Yes sir, I committed to ECU," said Spencer. "I know that was where I wanted to go."
At 5-9, 174 pounds, Spencer starred for AC Reynolds High School in Asheville last year at running back- finishing the season with 1,300 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns en route to all-conference honors.
Blessed with amazing acceleration and speed, Spencer has attracted the interest of several schools. The rising junior said he's received offers from East Carolina, NC State, UNC and South Carolina.
Reynolds is the third commitment for East Carolina in the 2008 class, joining Hope Mills athlete Marquan Brown and Jacksonville athlete Joe Womack.
COACH QUOTE: "I think Darius is more of a running back, and you'll see that on the tape. He can really run with the football. If he works hard, I think by his sophomore year he'll be close to 200 pounds.
"You'll see. With his speed at 4.35 and his size, he can carry it for us and I think he could be a back on that level." -- Asheville (NC) A.C. Reynolds Assistant Coach Larry Brow
SCOUTING REPORT: "Some players post great combine numbers but that talent never seems to translate proportionally to the football field. Darius Spencer isn't one of those players. If anything, he appears to be even faster.
"What is most impressive are the number of long runs where he runs through an entire defense without ever being touched. He creates almost impossible pursuit angles for opposing defenses due to his incredible burst and top end speed.
"Spencer has the size to certainly play running back on the next level but his speed and athleticism make him a candidate to star at almost every position where speed is a prerequisite. On film, he is one of the most impressive players in North Carolina." --Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
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