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One of the the Beavers primary recruiting goals in 2004 will be securing a couple of talented defensive linemen. As a result they have already offered 6-foot-1, 240-pound defensive end Averell Spricer.

"I rush the QB well and have good quickness," said Spricer who already has offers from two Pac-10 schools, UCLA and Oregon State.  "I have good technique tackling and good swim and rip moves."

Although he is confident of his ability he realizes there are other areas of his game that need consistent attention. "I can always work on my footwork and on keeping my feet moving," he said.

Averell grew up in Orlando where the Seminoles were his favorite team as a kid.  "I was raised in Orlando and they were always my favorite team," said Spice who grabbed 60 tackles and 14 sacks his junior year at Rancho Cucamanga.   "I loved them for about nine years."

Despite FSU being close to his heart, Averell favors USC (already visited) slightly over UCLA (offer, already visited), Oregon State (offer, already visited), Miami and Florida State.

"I love the coaching staff at USC a lot," he said.  "I know they have a great defense and I've already been able to meet them. I'd like to play for them."

Even though he favors the Trojans, his trip to Corvallis went well and he loved the coaches and atmosphere on campus.  "Oregon State was the first school to offer me in January," Spricer said.  "They like me a lot and I like the coaches a lot there too. It's a really nice area and atmosphere."

The OSU coaches will stay in contact with Spricer throughout his senior season in hopes of landing him early.  Even with several schools calling he wants to take his time making his college choice.

"I'd like to take all my time," Spricer told  "I really want to make sure I fit in well. Also, I don't want to redshirt."

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