RECRUITING: C.J. Spiller names a new favorite

For the past few seasons, Lake Butler (Fla.) Union County running back C.J. Spiller has been one of the state's best running backs. The talented rising senior has gone for over 3,500 yards in the past two years and he's shooting for better things as a senior. "More than anything, I want to help my team win a state championship," Spiller said. "Our defense is looking nasty right now."

C.J. Spiller, who measured in at 5-10 and 184 pounds at a combine last month, enters the season as one of the state's top overall prospects. "I started playing ball when I was real young," he said. "I've pretty much been playing my whole life. Football is what I know. God blessed me with a lot of speed and ability and I'm just trying to take my game to another level."

Spiller, who is already qualified (3.5 GPA, 21 ACT), says it's not his speed that separates him from the rest of the pack. "It's my vision," he said. "A lot of guys have the size and speed but it's all about the vision. Knowing when to make your cuts and just having a natural feel for where the defenders are makes a big difference. I can see things opening up before a lot of guys, I think."

Spiller has been the center of attention for college coaches so far this spring. His offer sheet is up to 16. "Maryland was the latest one," he said. "The coach from USC came yesterday and said they just needed to go back and watch a little bit more film of me before they send their offer."

The talented runner currently lists five schools at the top of his list. "I have a top five but it changes all the time," he said. "It might be different tomorrow. Florida is the top one. My grandma (who passed away) loved the Gators and she'd love to see me there, I'm sure. Florida State is two, USC is five, Georgia is three, and Tennessee. Miami would be in there too if they offered but I haven't gotten that yet."

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