Commitment Analysis: Octavius Spencer

Dec. 17 -- Scout takes a look at what UCLA is getting in their new commit from Monrovia (Calif.) cornerback/receiver Octavius Spencer...

Profile: Octavius Spencer
Position: Cornerback/Receiver
Location: Monrovia (Calif.)
Height: 6-foot-1.5
Weight: 170 pounds

Ranking: Ranked as a three-star and No. 46 CB in 2015 by Scout.

Recruiting: Chose UCLA over Oregon, Cal and Washington.

The Scouting Report: Spencer plays receiver and defensive back, and UCLA is bringing him in as an athlete, with a chance at offense. As a receiver, he's quicker than he is fast, but he is good in the open field. He's got very good hands and tremendous body control and doesn't hesitate to take a hit if it means catching the ball. He gets himself open, all within the context of the route and adjusts to poorly thrown balls well. Defensively, he'll line up at corner and at safety, and he's got excellent ball skills while showing plenty of physicality and won't shy away from contact. He's also a good punt returner, following his blocks and seeing the holes and hitting them.

Overall Analysis: Spencer is an intriguing prospect, and much like UCLA's previous commit, Colin Samuel, again proves that there is still importance in the senior season. Spencer had one offer going into the 2014 campaign, from Sacramento State, then UCLA, Oregon, Washington and Cal all offered him. Oregon actually got him to take an official visit the weekend of the UCLA-USC game and made a big impression, putting themselves in the lead. He then visited Washington (a weekend after attending the UCLA-Stanford game). It looked like he wouldn't commit anywhere until he took an official visit to UCLA, but out of the blue, he committed to the Bruins on Tuesday. Like we said, he reminds us of Mossi Johnson, another player who was relatively overlooked until his senior year, where he really emerged. And like Johnson, Spencer has the ability to play on either side of the ball. The chance of Spencer playing more receiver than defensive back is real and he could mirror Johnson in his impact in the offense. Two of UCLA's commits in this class at corner, Spencer and Stephen Johnson, could actually be receivers instead of corner, but could also stay on defense, all depending on the depth at either spot. Spencer's best football is ahead of him and he's big on upside and is a nice pickup for the Bruins.


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