When you first hear his name, you almost immediately think of the other Chris Spencer, the one who played at Madison High School and is currently playing at Ole Miss.
Chris Spencer, the one who is about to be a senior at Meridian High School in Meridian, Miss., has met the "other" Chris Spencer on his visit to Ole Miss' Junior Day.
He definitely left an impression.
"I went (to Ole Miss) on Junior Day and met Chris Spencer," said Spencer, the younger and smaller version. "He almost broke my hand when we shook hands. He bench presses 525!"
Ok, anybody who knows anything about the older Spencer knows he is a monster in the weight room. The younger Spencer is no slouch himself when it comes to lifting weights. While I was talking to him, he was in his school's weight room late at night finishing up his workout. Those late night efforts have paid off because he is benching 315 pounds and squatting 520.
That, along with his size (6-4.5, 277) and great work in the classroom (3.5 gpa, 22 act), are three things that are garnering him the attention that he has received early on in the recruiting process.
Not only has he received letters from colleges such as Harvard, Nebraska, Princeton, Columbia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Illinois, West Virginia, Marshall, Arkansas, Auburn and others too numerous to name, but he has also received several telephone calls.
"I've received calls from Southern Miss, coach Matt Luke (of Ole Miss), coach Rick Trickett from West Virginia and Auburn," said Spencer.
With no official offers in hand at the moment, Spencer feels it's just a matter of time before that will happen based on what the coaches are saying to him on the phone.
"They are kind of beating around the bush by asking me if I would like to stay around home to go to college," said Spencer.
With summer college camps right around the corner, Spencer has already planned out his camp itinerary. All of the camps are going to be of the one-day Senior Camp variety where recruits get to showcased their skills in front of the college coaches at each school.
"I know that I am going to the Ole Miss camp for sure," said Spencer. "I am also going to the Southern Miss camp. I may go to Mississippi State and Alabama. So, I might be taking four stops."
As you would expect, since he really seems to be on the ball with the entire recruiting process, Spencer has a list of favorite schools even to the point of why he likes each one.
Ole Miss: "They don't just pound the ball but actually can pass. I can show my pass-blocking skills there."
Mississippi State: "I would probably go for Mississippi State because I believe, in two to three years, Coach Croom will make them a really good football program."
West Virginia: "I like Coach Trickett because he saw me at practice and he told me on the phone that he liked the way that I moved. He also produces so many players that go on to the NFL. I know that if I go there, then there will be a real good chance, due to the athletic ability that God gave me, that I can go to the next level."
USM: "I like the fact that it is close to home."
Auburn: "They showcase their running backs. I know that if I can get my run-blocking up to the college level, I can help them spring for a lot of long runs. Helping them look good will also help me look good."
One word of caution to the fans of each school: While Spencer likes these schools, he also said his list could change if other schools start showing interest in him. Basically, whoever shows serious interest in him will receive a serious look back.
Stay tuned for more updates on this fast-rising Mississippi high school offensive lineman.
Gene Swindoll is the publisher/owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the source for Mississippi State sports on TheInsiders sports network. You can contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.