Spears Expects to Take Official Visit to Iowa

Texas Allen Linebacker Melvin Spears has been doing his homework since receiving an Iowa offer. The Class of '11 product is impressed with the school's history of productive players at his position. HI.com's Josh Harvey spoke with Spears about the Hawkeyes and his recruitment. Get the latest in this premium update.

When HawkeyeInsider.com talked with Melvin Spears about his offer from Iowa in April, the Texas linebacker was just learning about the Hawkeyes. At the time, one of the only things he really knew was the coaching staff's reputation when it comes to producing linebackers. Fast forward two months and it's still the talk from this recruit.

"They produce great linebackers, I have talked with a bunch of people and they are telling me that they know how to get their guys to the league. That definitely interests me as a player," said Spears. "I would say Iowa right now is my leader. I like their coaches a lot. I haven't been up there yet, but I'm looking to go on an official visit."

A Scout.com three-star prospect, Spears stands at 6-foot-3, 225-pounds. The soon to be senior has offers from Iowa, Minnesota, Arkansas State, and North Texas (closest college D-1 school to Allen).

"I'm not worried about making a decision right now. I'm not too sure when I will make it, but I'm looking forward to taking an official visit to Iowa before I make a decision," said Spears. "I haven't really heard much about the campus, it's why I want to visit. I did do the online tour and it has me interested. It looks like a nice place."

Besides for the schools that have offered, the 2011 linebacker is hearing from Arkansas and Baylor. Both have sent numerous letters and inquired about Spears, but neither seems close to pulling the trigger according to the Texas product.

It's been a summer full of personal and team workouts for Spears. He has yet to attend any camps, which is possibly why more schools aren't in on his recruiting at this point.

"I pretty much workout with my whole football team," said the 2011 linebacker. "I just got my forty time down to 4.7. I'm trying to get a little faster there. I have been working hard at everything about my game."

Texas 5A powerhouse Allen finished 10-2 last season, this a year after winning it all in 2008. The Eagles return just three starters on offense and Spears on defense. But, Allen is not known for rebuilding, they restock. The Eagles do have 42 returning letter winners, meaning there is game experience in the wings.

"Some people say we lost too many guys, but I think we will be better than last year. We do have a lot of young guys, but everyone is really good," said Spears.

HawkeyeInsider.com will track Spears all throughout the season and should provide game-by-game reports for the senior.

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