Spanellis Intrigued By Terps

An update on Gilman class of 2016 offensive guard Stephen Spanellis

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Gilman is busy reloading for the future, with loads of top young talent sprinkled throughout its already talented 2014 group.

And it starts with sophomore quarterback Kasim Hill, as well as his future trench-men that will be paving the way up front.

One is junior offensive tackle Stephen Spanellis, who has an early Terps offer, among others, as he begins to embark on the recruiting process.

"Yes, Maryland has offered me, as well as Michigan State, South Carolina, West Virginia and Georgia Tech," said Spanellis. "That's it so far."

A good early list, no doubt, with Terps recruiter Andre Powell leading the effort.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder is a good looking, long-armed run-clearer and pass protector fine-tuning his technique at a solid pace. He has good feet, extension and push, and is now just rounding out the technical points.

"I think it is going well. I still have to get a lot better, I think, but I think I have improved from last year," Spanellis said. "I feel I am a better pass blocker this year than before, as well I feel like I am quicker."

Spanellis, who was born in New Jersey, said MSU was his first offer, while he is early in the process so has yet to formulate a top list.

"Other schools that are in contact with me are Stanford, Northwestern, Ohio State," Spanellis said.

Also a standout in the classroom with a 4.0 GPA, Spanellis is undecided on a college course of study.

"Maryland, I went to a junior day and the spring game and I was really impressed by them. I think they have a nice program going, and I like how they went to the Big Ten. It shows they want to be a big-time program," Spanellis said.

In addition to his UMD unofficial, he has toured Notre Dame, MSU and Northwestern. After starting off 0-2, Gilman has rolled ever since, especially its offense finding its footing more and more each week.

"I think we are getting there, but we still have to get a lot better," Spanellis said. "Kai [Locksley] is great, Jelani [Roberts] is great, all the other linemen are great. So we just have to keep building as a unit."

Spanellis said he would like to get to a Big Ten game at Maryland this season, but has no planned visit yet. He has also played basketball and track at Gilman.

"I feel like I am versatile, and I can play all five positions," Spanellis said. "I feel I am strong and I am a good run-blocker."

He said he wants to go through the process more, "but if I had to guess, I'd say I'd probably commit before my senior season. But I am not sure."

Spanellis said he keeps up with Terps Shane Cockerille and Kenny Goins, former Gilman standouts. He played with Cockerille as a freshman.

"I just saw Shane the other week, he came to our game [over the Terps bye week], and he loves it down there," Spanellis said.

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