So what was it that made the Allen (TX) high school star pull the trigger?
"For me, the biggest thing was the program and the atmosphere. I hadn't seen anything like it before. I really liked it a lot when I visited," said Spears to HI on Wednesday night. "The visit was crazy. When we walked on the field, the crowds were chanting come to Iowa. It was awesome and unreal."
Iowa picked a great weekend for Spears to visit. With an electric prime-time atmosphere for the Penn State game, Spears only took a few days to decide after returning to Texas.
"When I saw fans in the parking lot five hours before the game, I thought 'that is way different then what I'm used to and where I'm at now'. I thought it was cool and their facilities were really nice. Plus, on the academic side, Iowa has everything that I'm looking for. It's a great school," said Spears. "Coach Ferentz told me that at Iowa they take football really seriously and that the team is like a family. If anyone had questions, they should come talk to him. He was really telling me about how everyone is just really tight on the team."
Playing for the biggest 5A school in the state of Texas, Spears is familiar with big-time games and big-time atmospheres. His visit to Iowa somewhat reminded him of Texas.
"I'm not sure who love it's more. Us Texans are crazy about our sports, so I don't know if it's the case. But Iowans definitely love football."
Allen is 6-0 and currently ranked 4th in class 5A. The Eagles defense has been anchored by Spears. The senior has nearly 60 tackles and one interception.
In late August, Spears was voted the Texas defensive player of the week by the Dallas Morning News. In a game that HawkeyeInsider.com watched live, Spears recorded 11 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble against No. 5 Cedar Hill.
"When our defense is going strong, I just know that I play better. I feed off my teammates. When we make a big play, that really drives me," said Spears.
HI will continue to monitor Spear's progression through his senior year and weekly track Allen's state title run.