U-M Makes First Cut for Florida RB C.J. Spiller

Reporting over 40 offers to date, running back C.J. Spiller of Union County High School in Lake Butler, Fla., has cut down his list of favorites to eight, with Michigan in the mix. On Sunday, the five-star prospect told GoBlueWolverine.com where the Wolverines stand, and whether he will make it Ann Arbor for an official visit.

Five-star running back C.J. Spiller lists three Florida schools - Florida, Florida State and Miami - along with Michigan and USC, at the top of his list of favorites. He adds Georgia, Tennessee and Clemson to round out his top eight. "I really don't have a favorite," he said. "It changes from week to week. I want to visit Michigan and was going to on Oct. 14, but I decided I wanted to narrow my list to five before I start setting up visits. I don't want to waste a visit to a school that isn't in my top five."

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Spiller said he may not narrow his list until January. "It could be earlier," he said. "But if I can do it I'll take all my visits in January and decide on Signing Day. I'm not sure if I want to leave Florida because if I stayed here my family and friends could see me play every week, but they are leaving the decision up to me."

Spiller said all the schools are recruiting him as a running back. He also plays defensive back for the Fighting Tigers. "Most of the schools have told me I can play defensive back if I want to, but nobody is recruiting me at that position," he said. "I want to play running back."

The No. 4 running back in the nation according to Scout.com also plays basketball and runs track. He said he participates in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4X100-meter events. "I ran a 10.6 electronic in the 100, and I am the anchor for the relay team," he said. "I'd like to run track in college too if I can."

While is the schools at the top of his list fluctuates, Spiller said he is keen on what will he is looking for in a school. "Depth is something I am definitely looking at," he said. "I'm also looking at what offensive lineman are coming back, and what kind of offense a schools is bringing back. Right now Miami looks the best to me."

College coaches aren't allowed to call recruits until Sept. 1, but that doesn't mean they haven't been contacting Spiller. "I get about 5-10 text messages a day," he said. "Right now I have over 100 messages on my phone that I need to go through. It's fun and it's something I'll only be able to go through once. I'll be able to tell my grandkids about this someday."

Union County has its opener cut short due to heavy rains with Madison County on top 17-14. "It was really disappointing, these are two big schools and we were playing them close, but its better that nobody gets hurt," he said. "We play at South Sumter on Friday."

Spiller reports a 3.5 grade-point average and said he scored 21 on the ACT. "I like math and history, and I want to major in some kind of business," he said.

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