Lions Visit Northern Star

Penn State's coaching staff is looking north to the Constitution State once again in an attempt to draw the top talent out of New England. The staff went up to visit an unknown northern standout in an attempt to have him follow in the steps of Chris Baker, Brennan Coakley and Willie Harriott.

One of the top prospects on the east coast you haven't heard of is about to become a well-known name with the attention that is beginning to be shown towards Middletown, Connecticut (Xavier HS) running back/cornerback Amari Spievey.

Last weekend, Spievey took his first official visit to the University of Iowa to check out the Hawkeyes, who along with Rutgers, are his only current offers.

"Iowa has been showing interest in me since my freshman year," said Spievey. "Really after the end of my junior season, though, they have recruited me very hard. They called once a week this fall, and now they are calling me everyday. I'm very interested in Iowa right now."

Spievey, who was hosted on his official visit by Marcus Wilson, says at first he worried about Iowa's distance from Connecticut. After the visit, though, Spievey says he could see himself a Hawkeye.

"At first, I thought Iowa would be too far away and I wasn't even sure I wanted to visit there," added Spievey, who was named the Player of the Year by New Haven Register. "Then, I realized that I'm never going to be home, anyway, playing division one football, and Iowa is a good program that I can't ignore. They don't have many young cornerbacks. Plus, my mom really likes Coach Ferentz and Iowa."

On the season, in 11 games, Spievey rushed for 1639 yards and 26 touchdowns on 189 carries. He caught 12 receptions for 223 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, he recorded seven interceptions (returned two for a TD)and also returned one punt for a touchdown.

Spievey was slated to officially visit Rutgers this weekend, but as of Thursday evening, that visit was up in the air.

"It is very icy here right now, and the weather is getting worse. Plus, I still need to figure out my interest level in Rutgers so this might not be the best weekend to visit," stated Spievey.

Two other Big Ten programs that not yet offered Spievey, but are showing strong interest are Penn State and Wisconsin.

"A coach from Penn State came by my high school on Thursday, and said that they are going to make a decision soon on whether they will be offering me. Coach (Brett) Bielema from Wisconsin came by my school a week ago, and said that I'll have an offer if I make an official visit there. Wisconsin told me that I could play either side of the ball. They are recruiting me as an athlete," said Spievey.

Spievey stated that he has no timetable for a decision, and has not yet set any other official visits.


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