Coach's Corner: Bentley Spain

After picking up early offers from numerous schools, 2014 OT Bentley Spain has started to notice which schools are after him this hardest. In this week's Coach's Corner the Athletic Director at Providence High School, Charles Lansing, breaks down the recruitment and qualities of the four-star lineman.

Four-star offensive tackle Bentley Spain has been coveted by colleges around the country for the better part of his high school career. One look at the 6-6 295 pound Spain will give just about anyone a pretty good idea of why college coaches have devoted so much time and effort into possibly landing his signature.

Because Providence High School (Charlotte, NC) recently decided to go a different route with their head coach, Athletic Director Charles Lansing is now in charge of dealing with the recruitment of Spain from a coach's perspective. Lansing recently spoke with TSD about Spain and what type of player he is on and off the football field.

"What's interesting is you meet Bentley and he is so physically imposing that you expect an out of control monster on the field," Lansing told TSD. "He is very controlled and I've never seen a player that is a leader like him. He is very well rounded and he is the same on the field as he is off of it."

Lansing has seen the progression that Spain has made in his recruitment, but it still amazes him just how many schools are after the talented lineman. Lansing explained that the list of offers that Spain has collected so far went from being regional to national in a very short period of time.

"Bentley has gotten a lot of attention from schools around the southeast and the rest of the country," said Lansing. "His recruitment has really exploded over the last few months. It has become very impressive from my position as to how many people are on him at this point in time."

Although numerous schools have offered Spain, Lansing believes that there are a few schools that have made their presence known a little bit more. Those schools span from the east coast to the west coast.

"The schools that tend the show up the most are LSU, Stanford, South Carolina, Notre Dame, and he has heard some really positive things from the coaches at Virginia and North Carolina," said Lansing. "Those are the most recent schools that have really come around and made their presence known."

As Lansing mentioned, LSU is a school that has been on Spain since they sent an offer out to him prior to his junior season. Spain had a chance to take a visit to the Baton Rouge campus several months back and came away impressed with what he saw, according to Lansing.

"He came down and visited not too long ago and he was blown away," said Lansing. "He loved the atmosphere. I've been there as well so I can see why. He was really impressed and he really enjoyed himself. He had nothing but positive things to say about the coaching staff and the atmosphere surrounding the school."

LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis took the lead in the recruitment of Spain early on for the Tigers. According to Lansing, Spain has developed quite a relationship with Chavis. However, because of NCAA regulations on contact, Spain hasn't had a chance to speak with many coaching staffs in recent weeks.

"John Chavis is recruiting him and it's a great relationship," said Lansing. "I don't think he has had too much interaction with any coaching staff in the last couple of weeks. I don't think Bentley has heard from LSU in recent weeks just because of NCAA regulations. But, before that he was hearing from them on a regular basis."

While he has already taken a visit to check out the LSU campus, Lansing believes that another visit to Louisiana will probably occur in the future before a decision is reached by Spain.

"I can't speak to that with certainty, but from what he has told me so far, I can't imagine that he wouldn't be visiting down there again in the near future," said Lansing. "It would either be for a camp or on an official visit in the fall. It has come up a time or two in our discussions."

Lansing also added that he is not aware of any time frame that Spain has set for making a decision because he still has visits that he would like to take. Where those visits will take place is still up in the air, according to Lansing.


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