'The Best Place For Me'

Leland (NC) North Brunswick wide receiver Owen Spencer has always liked NC State, admitting he grew up a Wolfpack fan.

The Wolfpack were the first to offer him a scholarship, and after the three-star prospect narrowed his list to NC State and Virginia Tech, he has informed both schools that he will be wearing red and white on the next level.

"I called [NC] State and left coach Williams a message to call me," Owen Spencer told Pack Pride. "When he called back he said he knew it was going to be good news. He was ecstatic."

"NC State was where I needed to be and the best place for me. It's close to home and a good program. I can play early at State. I'm excited about it."

"I talked with Virginia Tech last night," Spencer added. "I let them know that I was committing to State. They seemed okay with it... I guess they reacted like any school would in that situation."

NC State has struggled on the field this year, as the Wolfpack are currently 2-4. Pack fans questioned if the record would hamper recruiting, and Spencer gave his thoughts on NC State's season and the effect it had on him.

"Earlier in the month I had my ups and downs... thinking of maybe going to another school," he said. "But, I think that's natural with any recruit, and it worked out fine. I'm comfortable with NC State, and it is where I want to be at. My family is very comfortable with them too. State works out best for my family and me."

Spencer is familiar with a couple of NC State recruits. He lives "across the bridge" from Wilmington (NC) Hoggard kicker Nathan Franklin and met quarterback commitment Justin Burke at the Virginia Tech game. What did Spencer think of Burke?

"It's exciting to have him committed," he said. "That's one of the best type of tandems you can have... to bring in a quarterback and wide receiver together. I met him at the Virginia Tech game, and we talked before the game. We need to build that chemistry up. He's a great guy... seems smart and really excited about State."

Fully qualified academically and his recruitment now over after committing to NC State, Spencer is focused on a critical upcoming game. North Brunswick hosts Whiteville High School with a playoff spot on the line.

"We're 8-1 with a big game against Whiteville High," Owen Spencer said. "We only get two bids in our conference, so we need to win this game to get in the playoffs.

"I've still had a good year. I've seen all kinds of coverages, but I'm having the type of season I want to have. I have 27 catches for 530 yards and 13 touchdowns."

Spencer, who checks in at 6-foot-3 and 170-pounds, feels he will bring a vertical threat to NC State's passing attack.

"I'm explosive," he said. "They want me to stretch the field, and that's what I'm going to do. I just want to bring another dimension to the offense."

Spencer dreams of playing in the National Football League and his two favorite players are naturally wide receivers. One of them is a familiar name to NC State fans.

"Torry Holt has been my idol," Spencer said. "He and Randy Moss have always been. I recorded some of Torry Holt's interviews on Total Access, and I've been reading a whole bunch about him. I try to pattern my game after those guys."

Pointing out that his commitment to NC State is firm and he only plans on taking an official visit to Raleigh, Spencer had a short message for Wolfpack fans.

"Tell the Wolfpack fans another 'Big Game' is coming."

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