Calif. DE Getting Lots of Attention

Rancho Cucamonga is in the hometown 'backyard' for Michigan defensive backs coach Ron English, who hails from nearby Pomona and has recruiting responsibilities for the area. It appears Michigan has taken a liking to Rancho Cucamonga High School defensive end <b>Averell Spicer</b>. GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke Tuesday evening with Spicer to see if the interest was mutual.

"He (English) told my coach I had an offer when he came by last week," Averell Spicer said. "I called and talked to someone back there (Michigan) and they said the same thing, I don't know who it was I talked too and I haven't received anything on paper yet."

USC, UCLA, FSU, LSU, Cal, Colorado, UNLV, Michigan and others have all stopped by Spicer's school during the spring evaluation period. USC, OSU, FSU, Neb, ASU have called the Rancho Cucamonga star. Schools are allowed one phone contact with recruits during the evaluation period.

Spicer, who stands 6 foot 2 and weighs 255 pounds claims written offers from USC, UCLA, FSU, Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona, Kansas State, Arizona State, Colorado, Nebraska and Duke. "I liked Florida State as a kid but I'm trying not to let that influence who my favorite is," he said. "I'm wide open and don't have a favorite, I'm going to wait until after the season to make a decision."

Even though he is trying to avoid the childhood influence, Florida State is one of the schools Spicer will visit officially, along with Nebraska, and he says the Seminoles and Trojans are recruiting him the hardest. He said all schools are recruiting him for the defensive end position.

Spicer said he attended the USC lineman camp and excelled. "USC had the best defensive lineman in the nation last year so I am looking hard at them and the way they use their defensive lineman," he said. Spicer said he will attend the Oregon State full-contact camp and will not attend any Nike camps.

He said he will make his decision after his season is complete and has one important criteria. "I don't want to be red-shirted and I want to be where I'm comfortable," he said. "I haven't really looked to closely at depth charts yet, but I will when I visit."

Spicer reports 60 tackles, 14 sacks for his junior year. He reports a 2.8 grade-point-average and a 900 score on the SAT, which he plans to re-take.

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