"Coach (Archie) McDaniel said, 'At this time we're offering you a full ride scholarship to SMU. We like you, we like how you can move, and we're just excited about you. Just know that you're wanted here.'"
Spears is actually from Lubbock, and the hometown school appears to be close to offering him. Offensive coordinator Eric Morris and inside linebackers coach Zac Spavital are his primary recruiters.
"I talk to coach Morris and coach Spav. Coach Spav, I talked to him the other night, he said they really like me, they need somebody who could come in and play right away. He said within the next week or two weeks an offer might come my way. Most likely, he said."
It's not always football when the Tech coaching staff talks to him, though.
"They ask me how school's going, they ask me about my mom, they ask me about Lubbock, they're real good."
The Mike linebacker in Nimitz's 3-4 scheme describes himself as a run-first inside linebacker who can also make plays in coverage. He made 85 total tackles in 2014 for head coach Brian Rogers, adding a trio of forced fumbles and a pair of interceptions. The standout backer made first-team All-District and Academic All-District in the competitive 9-6A which features schools such as Irving MacArthur, Dallas Skyline, and Dallas Jesuit.
"I'm more of a run stopper. I play the run real good. I like to fly up and hit the running back. I'm aggressive when it comes to the run, I just like to make plays. I had an interception against Irving, I think I can do both (rush defense and pass defense), but I like playing against the run better."
Spears talked more about his thoughts on Texas Tech's football program.
"I like the program. I know in the past they've started out strong and finished out not so good. But they've always been good, their offense is explosive, and I think they're getting their defense right. I'm excited to watch it and see what they can do."
The recruit has a good friend on the Red Raider roster, and while the former Viking isn't pressuring him about Texas Tech, he is there to answer any questions Spears may have.
"J.J. Gaines, he went to my school. We're actually really close. He tells me how the academics are, just explains the perks of it. He's like, they're really good about helping you."
Spears will try to take unofficial visits to Texas Tech, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas, and Oklahoma. He also plans on attending one of the two annual Texas Tech DFW-area satellite camps.
"Yes sir I'm gonna try to make it to some of those. I went to one last year. Coach Wally said he really liked me and was gonna recruit me but then he got fired or whatever. I'm gonna go to another camp this year so the new linebackers coach can see me."
The unranked Nimitz linebacker reported on Twitter he plans to visit SMU unofficially Wednesday. His early top 5 includes OU, Texas, Tech, A&M, and SMU.
Spears reports interest from Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Kansas, Texas Tech, and Missouri.
Edit: Texas Tech offered Spears Wednesday morning, just hours after this story was published.
"Coach Spav told me to call him and he said we are offering you a scholarship," Spears said shortly after being offered. "I'm just excited and thankful."