5-Star RB Breaks It Down

C.J. Spiller might be the No. 1 overall prospect in the state of Florida this year. The talented running back went for over 1,800 yards and 30 touchdowns this season. Now he's dealing with the pressure of being a 5-star recruit who has the opportunity to go to any college in America.

"It's a major blessing," Spiller said. "I owe it all to God. He's the reason behind all of this. He blessed me with the speed to play the way I do and hopefully I'll be able to make a good decision."

Speaking of speed, it's the name of the game when it comes to Spiller. While his toughness shows and while he has excellent vision, it's his speed that separates him from the rest of the pack.

"I take track and speed training and things like that very seriously," he said. "A lot of it's God given ability and I've just worked real hard at that."

The talented running back has taken just one official visit but he has a busy January lined up.

"I've got it down to USC and the three Florida schools," he said. "USC's been my only visit so far so it's hard to really compare it to anything and that's why I'm not able to single out a leader right now."

C.J. Spiller, a full academic qualifier, spoke a little bit about each of the four schools on his list.

USC: "They've been winning a lot lately and there's a real good opportunity for a freshman to come in there and play a lot," he said.

Florida: "They're having a great recruiting class with Tim Tebow and all those guys. It's close to home and my late grandmother was a Gator fan and I know it would make per proud if I go there."

Miami: "It's just all the great tradition of running backs they've had there. I don't know as much about them so I'm looking forward to my visit. Watching them this year, they're 10 points away from an undefeated season and I could have seen myself being the difference there."

Florida State: "I'm a Florida State fan and I have developed a real good relationship with the coaches there. A lot of people wondered when they signed Antone Smith but I don't look at it like that. I'm not afraid to compete and having two good backs is something that could make me better."

Spiller, who has visits scheduled to Miami (Jan. 20) and Florida State (Jan. 27), will make a final decision close to or on signing day.

"I've been asking God to help me with this decision," he said. "I know my family will stick by me no matter where I go."

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