Spencer Kleinrichert High On Terps

Spencer Kleinrichert has scholarship offer from the University of Maryland.

Spencer Kleinrichert knows his football career won't last forever.

“The biggest thing I'm looking for in a college is the opportunities I'm going to have outside of playing football when I graduate,” Kleinrichert said. “Say when I graduate from Maryland I want to already have a job lined up, so I don't have to be searching around.”

With that in mind, Kleinrichert is very interested in Maryland.

“I would definitely say it's my top choice for schools to be looking at,” Kleinrichert said. “I could say its one of the top priorities right now.”

Maryland, along with the University of Massachusetts, are the only two schools that have offered Kleinrichert. Those haven't been the only schools recruiting Kleinrichert though.

“This summer with the team I went to Virginia's 7 on 7 team passing camp,” Kleinrichert said. “Also I've been to a North Carolina game. We did that as a team.”

Kleinrichert has also visited Duke and West Virginia and was planning to visit Stanford, but had to cancel when a game conflicted.

Kleinrichert has already had a few conversations with Maryland's head coach Randy Edsall and has come away impressed.

“From what I know he seems like a great guy,” Kleinrichert said. “He seems like a good coach.”

The respect for Edsall extends to the whole coaching staff.

“From my experience so far the coaches are¬ great,” Kleinrichert said. “Maryland is a good school to think about.”

Kleinrichert went to Maryland's team camp this past summer and has also taken unofficials to Maryland last year for the West Virginia game as well as this year for the UConn game.

“The Maryland facilities are really nice,” Kleinrichert said. “The campus is really nice as well. I think it's a great school.”

Kleinrichert's high school, Demartha Catholic (Hyattsville, Maryland) has produced numerous NFL players over the years, including former Philadelphia Eagles all-pro running back Brain Westrbrook and former all-pro linebacker Michael Johnson, but Kleinrichert doesn't look to any of them for inspiration. Instead, he models his game off another linebacker who plays in Maryland.

“I definitely look up to and try to play like Ray Lewis,” Kleinrichert said. “He's always been my favorite player since I was a little kid.”

Kleinrichert loves how Lewis is a leader on the field, rallying his teammates with his words.

“He always tries to get his team pumped,” Kleinrichert said. “He's always making plays, making a tackle.”

Kleinrichert believes he's a leader in his own right.

“I feel like a lot of kids on team follow what I do and look up to me and how I play,” Kleinrichert said.

Kleinrichert like Lewis also loves to hit people.

“I think I bring more a physical sense to the field,” Kleinrichert said.

And that physicality seems to have worked as Demartha reached the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) championship game before falling to another footballing powerhouse, Our Lady of Good Counsel, in the finals.

Entering the game, Kleinrichert estimated he had 90-100 tackles on the season, about 9-10 a game by his count, and 5 to 6 sacks.


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