UCF & USF Interested In Panhandle Big Man

Recruiting season is starting to heat-up and the Bulls are battling in state rival UCF for the services of this 6-foot-2, 290 pound DT from the panhandle area. Read on to find out all the details, only on USFNation.com!

In an effort to bolster their defensive front the South Florida coaching staff is recruiting big, physical defensive tackles that can both stop the run and put pressure on the opposing quarterback. That's just what the Bulls would get if they can land Akeem Spence from Fort Walton Beach.

In 7 games this season Spence has 5 sacks and 42 tackles. Spence is big enough, at 6-foot-2 and 290 pounds to clog the middle and agile enough to also be used as a tight end on offense.

"We just lost last week to make us 6-1." Said Spence, "I'm doing a better job this year getting to the quarterback."

College coaches have taken notice to Akeem's skills on the football field, he now has offers from South Florida, Iowa State, Troy, UCF, Illinois, NC State and ECU. Spence recently took his first official visit last weekend to Iowa State.

"My visit went pretty good, I liked it. I got along with the coaches and they told me I'd be able to get early playing time."

When it comes to USF, Spence is being recruiting by Coach Mike Canales.

"He's a cool guy, he keeps in touch with me and we talk every week."

The Bulls are not the only instate program that Spence is looking at, he also has an offer from UCF, another school Akeem plans to visit. But before his visit to USF or UCF, Akeem says he plans to make a trip to NC State on November 29th.

"I haven't set any more visits, I'll probably make the rest of my visits after the season and then I'll make my final decision sometime in December or January."

As a junior Akeem had 67 tackles, 16 for loss and 2 sacks. He says he's looking for a school that he feels comfortable at and a staff he can relate to. USFNation will have another update with Spence once his visit with USF is set.

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