Louisville among favorites for Spencer Region

Spencer Region, a powerful 6'6, 345-pound offensive lineman from Cullman, Alabama, is a high-priority recruit for Charlie Strong's program. A three-star Scout.com prospect, Region maintains frequent contact with Strong's coaching staff. Where does Louisville stand on Region's list?

Spencer Region, a powerful 6'6, 345-pound offensive lineman from Cullman, Alabama, lists Louisville in his current Top 5, along with Alabama, Wisconsin, Georgia and Ole Miss. A three-star Scout.com prospect, Region, the No. 20 offensive guard in the nation, is a high-priority recruit for Charlie Strong's program.

"I'm definitely interested [in Louisville]," Region told InsideTheVille.com. "Louisville is a pretty good program. They've sent some pretty decent offensive linemen into the league. Coach Strong is doing great things over there, along with Coach [Mike] Groh, the quarterback coach. Their system will be good for Louisville and I can't wait to see them play during the season."

Groh, who served as an assistant to Alabama coach Nick Saban last season, has developed a solid relationship Region.

"We actually talked on the phone last [Thursday]," Region said. "We really just talked about where I stand, how everything is going and time frames for when I will decide where I'm going to go. I usually try calling Coach Groh two or three times a week. If I can't I'll check in with him once a week. It really depends on how my week is going with football practice."

With more than 20 offers, Region has no shortage of college options. Faced with stiff competition for his services, Groh is trying to convince Region that Louisville would be a perfect fit for the talented offensive lineman.

"He said they like to run the ball and be physical," Region said. "He said they're going to be more like a pro-style [offense] and everybody knows that's what I do best. I'm a mauler. I come off the ball, push people off the ball and move the line of scrimmage. That's why [Groh] thinks I'd be successful at Louisville."

Region, who retracked verbal commitments to both Alabama and Auburn, says he's still strongly considering the Crimson Tide.

"I still like Alabama a lot," Region said. "I'm just not really sure Auburn's offense fits what I do best. If I had to pick a favorite from in-state schools it would be Alabama. They run the ball and they're a hard nosed team and that's what I do best."

Region doesn't plan to make a college decision until after his senior season. He has currently scheduled one official visit with Georgia for Dec. 11. He also said he's "definitely" considering visiting Louisville before he decides.

"I am looking for what type of offense [each school runs], how well coached they are, if they have the major I want to major in and what a degree would [mean] from that university," said Region, who made more than 100 pancake blocks last year. "Right now I'm pretty wide open. Alabama is one of my favorites. Penn State is one of my favorites. Until I can go on my official visits and look around it's going to be a hard pick for me. I'm just really looking around and trying to make sure I make the best decision for me and my family."

"My plan, while not set in stone, is to announce at the Under Armour All-American game," Region added.

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