Every year Skyline HS (TX) produces major D-1 talent. It's not uncommon for the Raiders to have double digit future college players on their team at one time.
The 2012 class is just as loaded with anywhere from five to eight players expected to play at the next level. One of those guys is projected linebacker Domenic Spencer. The 6-foot, 215 pound junior is playing defense end this year, but will look to stand up at the next level.
"As long as I'm helping the team, I don't care where I play. I just want to win, but in college I will play linebacker," said Spencer. "They tried me earlier on in the season at defensive end and I was able to use my speed to get into the backfield. They said I could really help out the team there."
Spencer isn't your typical defensive end. The junior will even cover the slot receiver in some situations. His 4.68 forty gives him the ability to run with most guys.
"I have ten sacks and roughly 40 tackles this year," said Spencer. "My best game I received HS Gametime's DFW defensive player of the week honors. I had five tackles, four sacks, and two fumble recoveries for touchdowns."
Currently Spencer is receiving letters from Oklahoma and SMU, but is expected to see a major boost in his recruiting once season is over and teams shift their attention from Skyline's 2011 class to the 2012.
"Those guys help me. Without them, their wouldn't be as many scouts and stuff. When they are out here watching Anthony Wallace, they are able to see me as well and put my name in the back of their head," said Spencer. "I like SMU a lot. It's close to home, so I will never get home sick. My whole family could see me play, which is nice. I also really like OU...I love the atmosphere. I went to the Texas/Oklahoma game and even though it was supposed to be a neutral site, Oklahoma fans were crazy."
Is there any other programs that Spencer would like to hear from?
"I would love hear from TCU and Iowa. TCU because it's local and when I watch Iowa on T.V., their linebackers are always playing downhill. They are for real. They are my type of linebackers. They are big thick guys with some muscle. I'm like that. It would be fun playing in their defense. I would love to hear from them."
Spencer is probably almost a year away from a decision, but wants to go to a school that has a great football atmosphere. A place that both his parents and himself also feel academics are important to the program.
Skyline started the year 0-2, dropping their second game of the season to Iowa commitment Jake Rudock and St. Thomas Aquinas. Since, the Raiders have won seven in a row and look to head into the 2010 Texas State Playoffs with some momentum behind them.
"Our defense is carrying the team We knew coming in this year the offense was talented, but very young. We have some major leaders on defense. We have to win games for our team this year. Our coach is always telling us we are the Ravens. When we get our hands on the ball on defense, we have to score to win. It's that simple."
Skyline will wrap up their regular season on Friday night against W.T. White.