Catching Up With Region

One of the first offers this year for guard Spencer Region was from Penn State and the Nittany Lions are an intriguing option for the future All-American lineman.

Massive guard Spencer Region from Alabama has seen his recruitment heat up recently, pulling in an offer from LSU this past Thursday. It came in the form of a letter from the Tigers' head coach Les Miles, who hand wrote the note to the Cullman High prospect. The letter didn't say much, but the message was clear.

"The letter said that Coach felt that I was ‘the most dominant offensive lineman in the country,'" Region told

Later, he said, "I'd like to play someday in Happy Valley."

However, Region didn't say if that would be for the home team or as a visitor. This summer, he won't do too many camps, most likely just the Alabama Offensive Line/Defensive Line Camp. Plenty of visits will be part of his vacation. Clemson, Georgia, Ole Miss, Florida State and LSU are definites, among others. Region said he'd like to make a choice about school before the season starts.

"I have a job to do here at Cullman," Region said. "That should be my focus."

One thing important to Region is tradition as he'd like to play for a well-established program with a strong history. He also notes that passionate fans who are "also respectful" is something that is important to him. He'd also like to see a pro offense that would showcase his blocking skills.

One of the first programs to offer Region in late February was Penn State.

"I definitely have an interest in Penn State," Region said.

One thing fans may not know about Region is that he originally hails from Upstate New York, so he is not opposed to playing his college football north of the Mason-Dixon Line. He says that programs such as Penn State and Wisconsin are certainly in the mix as of right now and will be considered for visits. Region is quite familiar with Penn State.

"Their strength and conditioning program is the best in the country," Region said. "Their White-Out is impressive, too. I'd be interested in taking a visit there. I plan on making a lot of visits this summer."

Region, who was nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, said he will be putting on the jersey of an Under Armour All-American this January when he plays in that all-star game. Right now, Region says that his top five is "Alabama, LSU, Texas, Oregon and Auburn." But, contrary to recent rumors, he's not close to a decision or favoring anyone.

"There's a lot of people saying that I'm committed to Texas," Region said. "That's not true, I'm not committed to anyone. They're in my top five but I want to make the right choice and take my time if I need to. I want to make the right choice for Spencer Region and his family."

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