After running 4.32 and 4.33-second 40-yard dashes at the Shrine Bowl combine held in Asheville, NC earlier this year, RB Darius Spencer proved that was no fluke as he blistered the artificial surface at Bank of America Stadium last Saturday. He finished with an eye-popping 4.37-second time and proved himself as one of the state's fastest prospects.
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.
Spencer has listed Tennessee as his top school on several occasions but he named a new leader this past weekend.
"Tennessee was my favorite but I really hadn't heard much from them so I've been leaning towards going to East Carolina," said Spencer.
Spencer said a previous trip to Greenville and the amount of interest he's received from the Pirate's staff has been enough to put them on top.
"I like the academics," he said. "I like the staff there, too. I've known them for a while. I went down there on a visit, met with the coaches and had a good time. I went with a friend that was being recruited by them and the same recruiter (WR coach Donnie Kirkpatrick) has been talking to me about their school."
Spencer plans a return trip to Greenville this summer and he'll make a trip to Columbia, SC as well.
"I'm also looking at South Carolina and I'm going to their camp in June," he said. "I'll also be going to ECU's camp on June 16th."