RECRUITING: C.J. Spiller has Florida on top

The Sunshine State is home to hundreds of players that go division I yearly. This year, one of the top running backs in the state of Florida is C.J. Spiller. Spiller comes in at 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds and is equally good on the track as he is on the gridiron. Right now, he isn't sure on his 40 speed, but the recruiting world won't have to wait long to know.

"I have to go the April 16th to try out for the U.S. Army All-American game, so I will have a shot to run the 40 then," Spiller said. "To be honest I would think that I was a low 4.3/40 right now, because I am in track right now. I run the 100m, 200m and 4x100m. I ran a 10.59 electronic. I run the last leg on the relay and my best time in the 200m is a 22.6 electronic."

That speed is one of the reasons why he led Lake Butler (Flor.) Union County to a 12-1 record last season and put up some huge stats. "I had over 1600 yards and 26 touchdowns. I won all-state, player of the year in my class, first team all-area, FSWA all-state and District 5 player of the year."

The stats, the production and the speed have added up to eight offers so far and with some other schools appearing close to offering. "I'm up to eight offers right now. They are from Florida State, Florida, Ohio State, Tennessee, Nebraska, Illinois, North Carolina, and one other. I would say LSU, Miami and Oklahoma are probably the closest to offering."

Spiller is keeping his options open, but admits that the two in-state offers right now are the most appealing of the eight and of who is close to offering. "Right now, I am still open. I am wide open. I would say that Florida and Florida State are right there at the top."

While speed would seem to be Spiller's biggest strength, it isn't the first thing that he would list when it comes to his strengths. "My vision is my biggest strength and my speed. I would say that some people doubt my toughness too."

Union County doesn't throw the ball as much to the running back as Spiller might like, but even if they did he wants to improve his ability to catch the ball. "I want to say receiving the football. I would also like to work on recognizing defenses and blitzes."

Last year Spiller took in one camp at Florida State. This year he is trying to earn one of the top honors that a high school senior can receive; a trip to San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Game.

"Yes, I went to the Bobby Bowden camp and my team went to a team camp. I have the U.S. Army All-American Game combine and I might try to go back to the Florida State camp. I just got back from Junior Day at Florida to run track and saw that they have a camp, so I might go to their camp too."

Besides possible camps to Florida State and Florida that Spiller might take, he has seen the campus at each school a couple of time. "I have been to Florida to see the stadium and the facilities two or three times. I went to a lot of Florida State's games last year; probably five or six games. I went to one of Florida's games."

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