Top DE Has Near-Dozen Offers

<B>Averell Spicer</b>, the 6-2, 260-pound defensive end from Rancho Cucamonga, isn't in a hurry, though, to make a decision. He does have someone at his high school recruiting him to UCLA...

Nearly a dozen offers have come in for Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High, defensive end Averell Spicer (6-2, 260), yet he is still nowhere near paring his list down to a top 5, let alone a top 8.

"I've got offers from UCLA, USC, Florida State, Oregon State, Oregon, Nebraska, Duke, Arizona, Arizona State, Kansas State and Colorado. But I don't have a top five done yet. I'm still pretty wide open," said Spicer.

Spicer is also hearing from LSU and Oklahoma in addition to his offered schools.

Part of the reason Spicer hasn't concentrated too much on recruiting is that he is still in the midst of the CIF Track season, where he is one of Southern California's top shot putters.

"I threw a 61-7 last weekend (at the CIF Prelims). That was good enough for third. This week is the CIF Championships, if I do well enough there, it's on to the CIF Masters Meet, then eventually the State meet."

The length of track season has caused Spicer to again miss Spring Football. "My coaches understand. I've had to miss it before because of track. It's something I love. They're cool with it."

Spicer originally planned to attend this weekend's Nike Camp at Stanford, but because of the CIF Track meet, he has to skip it. "I was hoping I could go, but kind of knew I wouldn't be able to. My only other camp this year is going to be the Oregon State Full-Contact camp," said Spicer, who went to the USC linemen camp earlier.

So with no real hurry in recruiting, Spicer plans to use all five of his trips, and won't make a decision until after his senior season, at the earliest. Plus, he wants to see how each team does before making a decision.

"I'll narrow my list to five based on the kind of season each team has. I do know I'll probably visit Nebraska, and possibly Florida State. The rest I'll decide on later."

Last season, Spicer had 14 sacks and 60 tackles, while also playing tailback, where he had some holes opened for him by UCLA incoming freshman Brian Abraham. "Brian talks with me about UCLA, and it'd be cool to go to school with him."

Spicer has a 2.85 GPA and scored a 900 on his SAT.


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