COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- When he abruptly left Gilman (Baltimore, MD) last winter, bouncing back up at IMG Academy in Florida soon thereafter, some lost track of standout junior defensive lineman Cam Spence.
But the four-star talent has quietly made his way to the College Park campus three times in the last few months, most recently for last month's Big Show football camp.
Spence, one of the key elite defensive linemen to make the event, is starting to formulate his early list of leaders, and the Terps are very much on the mind. He was at a Terps spring practice, on campus in mid-June for an unofficial, and then again in late June for the Big Show on June 27.
"[June 27] was somewhat new because this is my first time being at the Big Show camp, so I really got to see how Coach [Chad] Wilt, my defensive line coach, how he...his coaching style. And he is right there every step of the way encouraging you, helping you do better, wanting to see you do better. He's hands-on, very active with you. So I really enjoyed it," Spence said.
The Bowie native said he is checking in at 6-feet-3, 290-pounds now, and will head back to IMG on July 20.
"Right now, Maryland, well they want me to stay home, and that's why Coach [Randy] Edsall, why he offered me early," Spence said. "I am a good character guy, that's their vibe they have for me right now," Spence said.
In addition to the Terps, Spence said the schools jumping out most for him now include Ohio State, Georgia, Miami, and Penn State, while he tripped to UMD, OSU, PSU and Georgia so far this summer.
"And next up I am going to see Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame," Spence said. "Right now, as far as school, I enjoy being down there in Florida. But I don't know if I want to go to school down there or anything yet. The college-like atmosphere, it is preparing me for college. And you know, I have to grow up eventually, you can't just stay home all the time. You got to grow up sooner or later, so I am glad I got the chance now to get that experience."
Spence said "I have totally evolved" as a defensive lineman now that he has had a season under his belt at IMG. He said he uses his hands, hips, and is more explosive now under the tutelage he is getting.
And as for the local DMV movement to Maryland going on around him, Spence said:
"You know, I am really thinking about it. I feel like if we can all stay home....we have a lot of talent in the Maryland area, and if we call stay home we can actually win a national championship with the talent we have just right in our backyard," Spence said. "And Coach [Mike] Locksley, he was telling me yesterday you really kind of bypass the things you are used to....like, 'oh, there's Maryland.' But after you get inside the campus, you get around....I spoke to the academic advisor yesterday and there is so much support as far as the academic features. And that is a big part of my life."
Spence said he is leaning towards a math or engineering major at college, while he wants to choose a college before his senior season, "but I just don't know when yet," Spence said.
Spence said he misses Gilman and his teammates, and that he hopes to get by there this summer before he heads back to IMG. He said that down the stretch his former teammate and onetime Terps target Ellison Jordan was turning towards Penn State, where he committed late last month, while he said he looks forward to playing locally with his IMG squad -- against ECA at Towson University -- in October.
"It's just great getting back up here again and seeing everyone," Spence said.
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