Big-Time DE Calls FSU

Over the last ten years, Florida State has been known for developing some big-time pass-rushers, including <b>Peter Boulware</b>, <b>Reinard Wilson</b>, <b>Andre Wandsworth</b> and <b>Jamal Reynolds</b>. The Noles are hot after a defensive prospect on the West Coast, who some think might join that elite list of All-Americans listed above.


"I just returned from the USC camp for lineman," Averell Spicer of Rancho Cucamonga (CA) said. "I wanted to get a feel for the talent that I would be facing this upcoming season. I'll probably attend camps at Oregon State and UCLA also. I was supposed to attend the Florida State camp but I'm not sure if I'll do that yet. I'll have to talk that one over with my father first."

Spicer has been quite active in the recruiting process by calling coaches from USC, Oregon State and Florida State.

"I really like Coach "O" from USC, he said. "I also like the defensive end coach from Florida State. I like him as a person."

With making those calls what is the 6-foot-2 and 270 pound standout learning about those specific programs?

"Florida State has a great history," he said. "I could probably get on the field there early. USC is in the spotlight now. They have one of the best defensive lines in the country and they are known for playing freshman early. I would say both programs are even."

What is Spicer looking for in a school?

"I don't want to redshirt," he said. "I'm looking for a comfortable atmosphere and I would like the chance to win a national championship."

Spicer, who is a lock for The Insiders.com Hot 100 list, has dominated the competition since he was a small boy. What's the secret to his success?

"I've always been faster and quicker than everybody," he said. "I'm 6-foot-2 and 270 pounds now and I'm the fastest player on the team. The last time I ran the 40, I ran in the 4.7 range. I've ran a 4.6 in the past though. I don't want to get any bigger because I don't want to move inside."

In addition to his freakish size and speed, Spicer is incredibly strong. He has a max bench-press of 325 pounds and he has squatted as much as 600 pounds.

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