Elite Athlete Jalen Spencer Chooses USF

Skip Holtz and the USF staff received its third commit of the 2012 class when Jalen Spencer, a 6-foot-, 180 pound-pound elite athlete at Pensacola HS chose to end his commitment and play for the Bulls.

The Bulls have found quite a few gems up in the panhandle and have found another in Pensacola's elite athlete Jalen Spencer. Last night the 6-foot-0, 180 pound prospect gave the USF staff good news when he decided to end his recruitment and play for the Bulls. He became their third commitment of the 2012 class.

"Yes sir I committed to USF" said Jalen Spencer. "I really liked it down there and they have a great coaching staff. I think it's an excellent choice."

The elite athlete had offers from South Florida , Southern Miss , FAU, South Alabama and a couple of small schools and was receiving plenty of interest from other schools including Florida, Alabama, and LSU, but decided to end his recruitment and made the call to USF.

"I committed last night," said Spencer. "I called the defensive backs coach Rick Smith, well actually my mother called and he said that we just made his week."

USF was the first school to offer Spencer and he's been talking with USF secondary Coach Rick Smith and decided to make the call.

"What made me choose USF was that when I was down there I just felt a good vibe about the whole program" said Spencer. "The coaches were great and the program is on the up rise. It's a great fit for me."

Spencer plays quarterback for the Tigers and has a record of 26-2 as a starter including a state championship in 2009. Last year he passed for 1,162 with 9 touchdowns and rushed for 868 yards with 13 scores, leading his team to a 12-1 record, but the 6-foot-0, 180-lb athlete has versatility and great all-around football skills and is being recruited to play corner by USF.

"I feel great about being able to make the transition and have played it before" said Spencer. "Last season I played mostly quarterback, but the last few games I played cornerback. I also played corner a lot when I was in 8th grade and it comes natural to me. Once I get back into it, it should come back pretty easily."

"Coach Smith said I'm the perfect size for a DB and would be a perfect fit at corner," said Spencer. "I liked Coach Smith, and he was very straight forward with me about where I'd play and how many players they were losing and how I fit in."

Spencer made a trip to Tampa for their junior day to see what the Bulls had to offer and liked what he saw.

"The campus was just beautiful and I really liked the facilities" said Spencer. "The facilities were great and I really liked the practice fields; they were awesome. I liked the whole area around the campus. It's very beautiful with all the palm trees and beaches are very close. It just seems like a great place to be."

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