"I had never talked with Coach McKnight face to face, so that was really good. I was curious to see how they practiced and it was good to get an opportunity to watch," stated Spurgeon to PonyStampede.com. "He told me how good I could be here and what I could do here in the future. We talked about his philosophy and what type of coach he is."
Spurgeon (6'7, 270 pounds) is now up to 13 scholarship offers, with the latest schools joining the list being Baylor and Iowa State. Some of his other offers besides SMU include: Oklahoma State, Arizona, Texas Tech, Missouri, Kansas State, Duke, and Stanford.
"I think that I'm going to go to Arizona in early June, but I haven't decided anything past that," said Spurgeon. "I would say Texas Tech, Arizona, and SMU are my top schools at the moment in no particular order."
One of Spurgeon's biggest needs in a school is a great offensive line coach. The junior would like to extend his career past the college level.
"After talking with him (Coach McKnight), I still believe he has the knowledge to get me to the NFL," said the offensive tackle. "My one concern is, would I be able to play against competition that would help me get there. Playing in Conference USA, I worry that I maybe wouldn't. "
Ten Conference USA players were chosen in NFL Draft this past weekend. A total of 81 players from C-USA schools appeared on the opening day rosters of NFL teams last season.
May 18th, the soon to be senior will officially start spring practices. Last season, the Rams finished 6-5 overall and were bounced in the first round of the playoffs.
"I'm pretty excited to start practicing with the offense. We have a lot of new guys, so I really want to get underway so I can help them develop," said Spurgeon.
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