Focus 2005

One of the top defensive players in the state of Florida for the class of 2005 will be defensive end <B>Spencer Adkins.</b> Adkins, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound pass-rushing specialist from Naples (Fla.) was selected to several honors as a junior, including first team all-state in Class 5A and Southwest Florida Player of the year.

Spencer Adkins' reputation is spreading. Offensive players, beware.

"Spencer will knock you into Tuesday," Naples head coach Bill Kramer told TheTerritory.

"He's great player that comes from a very good family and he's very humble."

Several big-time programs have already taken notice of his talent, including Florida State.

"Florida, Florida State and West Virginia have offered," Kramer said.

"Florida State called down on National Signing Day and offered."

Adkins grew up a fan of the Miami Hurricanes and his favorite player was D.J. Williams.

"I also like the rest of the Florida schools, Georgia and LSU," Adkins told TheTerritory.

"Miami is a great program that has a lot of speed. I don't know a lot about Florida but I do know they have had a lot of success. Florida State has always been good and they have a very good defense."

What will be some of the import factors in his decision in choosing a school?

"How the campus looks," he said.

"Also the depth charts of the schools recruiting me and the coaches."

Adkins, who credits his success to speed, strength and knowledge of the game, recorded 11 sacks and 17 tackles for a loss as a junior.

He is also an excellent student with a 3.29 grade point average.

Who was the best player Atkins faced in the 2004 campaign?

"The offensive lineman from Edison, Jacky Claude," he said.

Claude, of course, signed with FSU last week.

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