NC State fans awaited anxiously as the arrival of the 2006 fall camp came and went with no word on the admission's status of two of the Pack's biggest in-state signees. Neither LaMarcus Bond from Hertford County High School in Ahoskie nor Owen Spencer from North Brunswick High School in Leland, NC were allowed to enroll as freshmen at NC State this past August. Pack Pride caught up with Spencer to get the latest on his plans for enrolling at State.
"I had some technical difficulties with my transcripts," said Spencer. "It was a situation where we graduated so late and then, getting them processed- we just didn't meet the deadline for me to get enrolled at NC State on time.
"But I'm academically qualified, and I will be enrolling in January. I've been taking some courses at a community college close to home and those courses will be transferring over to State."
Spencer admitted that it's been difficult sitting at home when only a few days separated him from beginning his college career with the Wolfpack.
"It has been kind of difficult," he said. "There were times when I thought a lot about just not doing anything. Because it seemed like when we'd get one thing fixed, then something else would happen and then something else. But I've decided I've got to work hard. I'm still working to keep my body fit and lifting weights."
Spencer, 6-3, 175 pounds with 4.49-second speed in the 40-yard dash caught 42 passes for 748 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. He was rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com and chose the Pack over Virginia Tech and Virginia.
Strengths: Spencer is a great vertical threat, and he has excellent deep speed. He will get over the top of defenders in man-coverage and shows the ability to separate and track down the ball in the air. He has big, soft hands, and can adust to poor passes.
The North Brunswick star can catch over his head and makes a lot of acrobatic catches in the vertical passing game. He also has the ability to pluck on the run and does a good job of "snatching" the ball before it gets into his pads. He is explosive as a vertical route runner and routinely runs away from defenders once he gets in front of them. He is tough and isn't afraid of going over the middle.
Obviously, Spencer will benefit from a college strength program, as he needs to add weight to his frame. But, he has all the tools necessary to succeed at the next level.
Stats: As a senior, Spencer caught 42 passes for 748 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. Last season, Spencer led the Scorpions to a 10-2 record (7-0 conference). He posted astounding numbers, as he caught 30 passes for 802 yards (26.7 yards per catch) and 13 touchdowns, nearly a touchdown every two receptions.
Spencer Quotable: "I have speed, and ability to go get the ball and dominate any defender – I'm able to get separation."