Spencer makes switch to Navy

After enjoying an "awesome" official visit to the U.S. Naval Academy, Sean Spencer, who was previously committed to Vanderbilt, decided he wanted to join the Midshipmen. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive end who plays at Newnan (Ga.) Northgate High School called his Navy recruiter, Justin Davis, after returning home to tell him his decision.

After enjoying an "awesome" official visit to the U.S. Naval Academy, Sean Spencer, who was previously committed to Vanderbilt, decided he wanted to join the Midshipmen. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive end who plays at Newnan (Ga.) Northgate High School called his Navy recruiter, Justin Davis, after returning home to tell him his decision.

"I kept hearing from other players the whole time I was being recruited that they all had that feeling of certainty when they found the right program," said Sean Spencer. "On my visit [to Annapolis] I had this weird feeling come over me that the place was perfect for me. When I got home Sunday, I sat down with my family and we all came to the same conclusion that Navy was the better fit for me.

"I called Coach Davis and told him that I loved everything about Navy. I let him know that I needed to tell the coaches at Vanderbilt what I was going to do, but as soon as I did, I wanted to make my 100-percent commitment to Navy. He let all of the coaches know and they were pretty pumped up about it."

Spencer, who had been committed to Vanderbilt since June, placed a touch call to Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin and his recruiter, Sean Spencer. "They told me they were disappointed and shocked by my decision," Spencer stated. "Coach Franklin and Coach Spencer are both good men. Coach Franklin said he couldn't believe that I was doing this to them, but wished me all the best and success in the future. I wished him the same."

In recruiting, getting a player on campus, especially during a game weekend, can pay huge dividends. For Navy coaches, Spencer's bye week couldn't have come at a better time.

"I was telling Coach Davis I'd like to come up and scope it out when we had our off week," Spencer said. "He set everything up. It was my first in-season visit. I went with my brother, sister, and my parents. We got there Friday and watched the JV squad play the Prep team. My host was a John Michael Cabbage, a former player and grad assistant. We toured all over the campus.

"I'm quite fond of Shaun Nua. In the meeting, we went through different schemes and exactly where I'd be in the defense. It was awesome. I think it's definitely the best fit for me as a player and as a person."

Spencer has been accepted into the Naval Academy and plans to first attend NAPS after high school graduation. At Northgate, the Vikings are currently 2-5. Spencer has been outstanding, however, with nine sacks, seven tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, and a touchdown.

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