RECRUITING: Top RB in Florida talks recruiting

C.J. Spiller started his senior season in impressive fashion last Friday night. He averaged over 7 yards per carry on the ground and had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. "It felt good to get out there and just make some plays," Spiller said. "We needed that. They played hard. It gave us more practice for Friday."

(C.J. Spiller Profile)

On Friday, Spiller and his Lake Butler (Fla.) Union Co. teammates will play their first regular season game against Madison County. "They only allowed 45 yards rushing all last year before the state game," he said. "We have our work cut out. It'll be a nice little challenge. It's the first game of a really challenging schedule. I'm excited and looking forward to it."

Spiller, 5-10 and 185 pounds, has set some personal goals as he heads into the start of the season. "I wanna stay healthy, rush for over 2,000 yards, and hopefully lead my team to the state title," he said. "Winning Mr. Football would be nice too."

The talented runner, who is one of the fastest players in this year's class, is enjoying the recruiting process. "I'm still looking at mostly everyone," he said. "Our open week is October 14. I was gonna visit USC but they're actually playing on the road that week. I'm probably going to Michigan that weekend instead."

The three Florida schools are at the top of his list of favorites as well. He spent time at Florida State and Florida this summer and plans on checking out Miami later in this year. "I went to Florida's camp but didn't participate," he said. "I was there supporting my teammates and got a chance to see what it's like over there. The coaches were great. They were really down to earth. They really care for you and I really respected that."

He went on an unofficial visit to Tallahassee late last month. He talked about that experience. "I took my mom," he said. "I met Myron Rolle there. We exchanged numbers and said we'd stay in contact with each other throughout the year. It was a great experience for me, just hanging out and talking to the coaches and things like that."

Spiller said he's hoping to check out Miami later in the year. He talked more about the Hurricanes. "I didn't get to Miami," he said. "I wanted to but was unable to. They've been sending a lot of handwritten mail. We're trying to set up a visit. I'd like to visit them because I haven't been there. I've talked to Larry Coker before and I respect the fact that he's in church every Sunday. A lot of their guys are involved."

While Spiller, who is a full academic qualifier, doesn't name any favorites, he's quick to make you aware that depth charts aren't going to be an issue. "You shouldn't let that affect your decision," he said. "I figure wherever we go, we're gonna have to compete. I can't let one guy affect the decision where I spent the next four years of my life. I'm going to where I feel most comfortable, no matter what young backs are there."

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