Recruiting becomes more sped up every year and it's becoming more and more rare for a player to get noticed based on how he does his senior year. As a result, a kid like Octavius Spencer can slip through the cracks but his senior film definitely speaks for itself.
He shows game breaking ability at receiver and lockdown potential at corner. He has good size, runs very well and is an explosive leaper. He ran on Monrovia's 4X100m relay team that finished 3rd in the state last year and has long jumped over 23'. He ran a 4.65-40 and jumped 38" at the SoCal NIKE Sparq Combine last March and his speed jumps off the screen when you watch his tape. He's also carrying a 3.7 GPA and wants to major in Engineering in college.
"I'm not sure why I'm not being more heavily recruited right now," Spencer said. "As a junior, we were a run dominated team with Kurt Scoby and I didn't play a much defense so it's probably because I didn't have any junior film. I couldn't get to a lot of the camps because of track, the only one I went to was at San Diego State so I guess I'm a little under the radar."
Through nine games this year, Spencer has 25 catches for 550 yards and seven touchdowns and also returned three punts for scores. He has 34 tackles and three picks, including one pick six bouncing between corner and safety and could play on either side of the ball in college.
On the recruiting front, Sacramento State is the lone offer for Spencer but a pair of Pac 12 schools will visit this week.
"Oregon is coming Tuesday," Spencer said. "UCLA will be by later in the week as well. With Oregon, they just started to talk to me and have been recruiting me for only about a week. They said they liked my film a lot and wanted to come out and see me in person. I've been talking with UCLA a little longer but they have picked things up in the last few weeks as well.
"I like both of those schools a lot and it would be incredible to have an offer from either one of them. I would love to officially visit both schools and then make a decision on where I fit in best later in the year. I've always thought about waiting until February before making my decision but at the same time, if I know where I want to go earlier, I could commit sooner. Right now, I'm just excited to see how this plays out and we'll go from there."
Check out senior highlights of Spencer below
Check out mid-season senior highlights of Spencer below