NC State is one of the most recent offers for Mason, Ohio offensive tackle Joseph Spencerand it's an offer he's excited about.
The 6-4, 275-pound offensive tackle has established himself as one of Ohio's top offensive lineman. With a rugged build and a mean streak Spencer could play just about any position along the line and that kind of versatility is a great attribute for a high school prospect to have.
Cincinnati, NC State and South Florida are the major conference schools that have offered Spencer, but he also has offers from just about every school in the Mid-American Conference as well.
Spencer is hoping to visit some of the schools that aren't so close to home while he has the opportunity over the summer.
"I hope to get away to some of the schools I haven't been able to, like NC State and South Florida," Spencer told Pack Pride over the weekend. "I'm just trying to stay level headed and see as much as I can. I'm building relationships before I make a decision."
Spencer has had some contact with NC State so when he visits Raleigh he won't be going into the trip totally blind. He'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect.
"I've talked with Coach Horton a couple of times," Spencer said. "We talk pretty consistently and we've been talking ever since they offered. That was about two weeks ago.
"I know they're a rising program in some sense. They had a good year last year and they've actually been doing pretty consistently well since about 2000. I know that," he said. "I know about their engineering program and how that's a big part of the school."
Of course, Spencer still has to work his travel plans out. While he wants to get out to NC State and South Florida the plans still have to come together and he still has to follow through with them.
As mentioned, some schools are recruiting Spencer as an offensive tackle while others like him at center or guard. This coming season he'll be moving to center for Mason High School so there's a decent chance that's the position he'll be playing in college if schools like how he performs.
Will location be something that works against a school like NC State?
"For me that doesn't really matter necessarily," he responded. "I have family all over the country. I actually went and visited Stanford this past fall so I'm not shy about leaving home. I have a brother that goes to school in New York.
"Academics are the big thing for me. I'm an academic guy. I have a 31 on my ACT and I kind of pride myself on that. I've also got to like the atmosphere of the school and just the personal feel I get when I'm on campus. I've got to get along with the rest of the players and the coaching staff. I'll also look at how I think the team will be able to do."
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