Region making final visits; Louisville next

Three-star Cullman, Ala., offensive lineman Spencer Region is nearing the end of the recruiting process. He's narrowed his list to four schools, and plans to check out Louisville this weekend.

Spencer Region, a 6-6, 330-pound three-star offensive lineman from Cullman, Ala., will make visits to Louisville, LSU and Wisconsin this month before making his college decision.

An Under Armour All-American selection, Region told that he has narrowed his list of finalists to four schools – the three he'll visit this month, and Auburn. Heading into his visits, Region said LSU and Auburn stand out as the leaders on his list of favorites.

"I like Auburn a lot," Region said. "LSU and Auburn are standing out. They're pretty neck and neck. Louisville is close right behind those two schools. I'm going to take all these visits and see where the chips fall after that."

Region will make an official visit to Louisville this weekend. He'll visit LSU on Jan. 21, then visit Wisconsin the following week. He's already made several visits to Auburn.

"I'm definitely looking forward to getting up to Louisville and seeing what Louisville has to offer," Region said. "Louisville, of course, is still in the running. I really want to check out campus, see what the town is like there, and see if I fit in with everybody there. I'm really looking forward to it."

Louisville assistant Mike Groh has done a good job positioning the Cardinals as a finalist for the talented offensive guard.

"They say I could come in and be a leader on the offensive line and battle for a starting position," Region said. "He told me Louisville is a great town and that he loves being there. That's one reason I'm ready to get up there and see it for myself."

While Louisville can offer Region the opportunity to play as a freshman, he said that won't be the biggest factor in his decision.

"It's not a big consideration, but it's a consideration," Region said. "I have confidence in my abilities and where ever I go I think I can compete. I don't want to be guaranteed a job, I just want the chance to compete."

On why he favors LSU and Auburn, Region said he likes the fan support, coaching staffs, style of offense and the fact that those two teams play in the SEC. He also thinks Louisville is a program on the rise in the Big East.

"I feel like Louisville is a building program with Coach [Charlie] Strong and his program," Region said. "I know the coaching staff they have is really good and that's why I'm going up there to look at them. I feel like soon they're going to be the leaders of the Big East."

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