Noles Visit's No.1 DE

Florida State, Southern California, and Oklahoma are at the top of list for's No.1 rated DE in country. In the past USC held a slight advantage, but recent recruiting trips, have leveled the field. He has also had a visit from Florida State Defensive end coach Jody Allen.

Florida State Defensive end coach Jody Allen met with Averell Spicer Tuesday to discuss the future of the stand-out defensive end from California's Rancho Cucamonga.

"He talked to me about the schools interest," said Spicer. "Allen said that I should be able to get some playing time, and that I wouldn't ride the pine, because they were missing a little at my position."

Allen was the second coach to meet with Spicer this week. A coach from Nebraska also met with him Monday. Spicer has been in contact with USC DL Coach Ed Oregeron.

Spicer narrowed his list of interested schools from seven to five (Florida State, Southern California, Oregon State, Oklahoma, and Nebraska). FSU, USC, and OU make up the top-tier, but he hasn't settled on a favorite.

In the past, Spicer listed USC as being slightly ahead of the pack. After making official trips to Oklahoma and Florida State, however, he said he rates the three schools equally.

When Spicer visited Tallahassee, Nov. 20, he took in the Seminoles annual rivalry game against Florida.

"It was a lot different," Spicer said. "Everyone was faster and it seemed like the pace was quicker."

He also made a trip to Nebraska, and will be visiting USC after the new year.

Spicer added that he wouldn't mind taking a red-shirt as a freshmen (he doesn't think that will be the case), since finding a school where he feels at home is the most important quality in selecting a college.

"I'm looking for the place where I feel comfortable," Spicer said.

Spicer had 60 tackles and 14 sacks in his junior season, earning him first team all-Valley honors at defensive end. He was also a first team all-state underclass selection.

Spicer is listed at 6-foot-2, 265 lbs., with a 4.65 time in the 40-yard dash. He is the 15 ranked player overall in's Hot 100, and first at his position.

Florida State's starting defensive ends Chauncey Davis and Eric Moore will both be graduating after this season. Back-ups Kamerion Wimbley and Willie Jones are juniors, and are entering into their final seasons.

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