"He understands the game," Providence coach Randy Long said. "He just exemplifies what a great student is. Fundamentally, he works and he's proficient in it. He has great agility, great feet, he's got great strength for a young guy, and he can bend – he has great flexibility. He has all the attributes of a great offensive lineman."
Spain has started at right tackle for Providence since his freshman season. Both seasons ended in All-Southwestern Conference honors.
"The thing that I really respect and really admire is he just gets better and better," Long said. "There's no sign of leveling off. He just keeps getting better, stronger, bigger, and fundamentally better.
"The thing that he has shown me this year than other years is his tenacity. He's gotten more tenacious [and] tougher."
For the 2012 season, Spain will be moved to left tackle.
Sixteen schools have offered Spain a scholarship, including Clemson, Florida, LSU, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Stanford, and Virginia.
Spain has made multiple visits to Clemson, UNC, and South Carolina due to their proximity. He has also made summer trips to LSU and Stanford.
Spain's most recent visit to UNC occurred in June when dropped by a Tar Heels camp session, although he didn't participate. The majority of the stay was spent hanging out with Chris Kapilovic, UNC's offensive line coach.
"It was kind of just building relationships with the coaches that day," Spain said. "I just walked around a little bit. I actually got to watch a little film, which was good. And they told me more about their offense. And I got to spend some time with Coach [Larry] Fedora."
During the football season, Spain plans to continue visiting schools with Clemson, Florida, LSU, UNC, and South Carolina on his itinerary.
"I'm going to try to get to the local schools and the schools that have offered me that I haven't been to yet," Spain said.
A month or two after the football season, Spain plans to name a favorite schools list. UNC figures to be a contender to make the cut.
"I think the new staff is going to do really well and be a power in the ACC in the next couple of years," Spain said of the UNC coaches. "I have a good relationship with the staff. Their offense is very similar to the one that I run now in high school, which is a good thing."
Both of Spain's parents are Indiana alumni… Besides football, Spain is part of Providence's track and field team participating in the shot put and discus… In the classroom, Spain maintains a 4.0 grade-point average.