Drango: Texas Smart Guy

Spencer Drango, the the 6-6, 270-pounder from Leander (Tex.) Cedar Park, is the 16th ranked offensive tackle in the country, is getting quite a bit of interest -- and offers -- because he's also an excellent student...

Spencer Drango, the 6-foot-6, 270-pound four-star offensive lineman from Cedar Park High School in Leander, Texas, got his first scholarship offer last year when he was only a sophomore and now has a total of 17 offers to choose from.

Drango, ranked as the No. 15 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, still denies a leader but favors Baylor, Rice, SMU, Stanford, California and Colorado. All have offered as well as LSU, Arkansas, Missouri, Ole Miss, UCLA and a few others.

He's already attended the junior days at Baylor, Rice and SMU.

"Baylor is only about one and half hours away," Drango said. "I like the coaches there a lot and my brother goes there (no sports) so that's cool. They also have great academics too and I feel comfortable there."

Both Rice and SMU are about two and half hours from Drango's home. "I haven't really decided about the distance," he admitted. "I think if I fell in love with a school then it won't matter.

"Rice was a lot of fun," he said. "They have a beautiful campus.

"And SMU was good too," he said. "I really like their new offensive line coach (Adrian Klemm). I think he'll do great."

Drango also took a trip to the West Coast and visited both Stanford and California.

"Stanford has great coaches," he said. "I got to spend a lot of time with them and I felt really comfortable talking with them. They seem to know what they are talking about and I like how they keep getting better every year."

While in Northern California, Drango also visited Berkeley. "I actually wasn't planning on going to Cal," he said. "But I decided to come a day early to check them out. It was cool because they weren't expecting me, but still took time for me. They were in the middle of their spring practices, so that was cool to see. Cal is a cool place."

Another school that Drango says he'd be interested in visiting is UCLA. "I just got that offer not too long ago," he said. "When I was visiting Stanford and Cal, I didn't have that offer yet, but I think I'd like to check them out. But I'm pretty much interested in anyone who offers me."

Drango says he doesn't have a timetable for making a decision, but says it likely won't be early. "I don't think I'll commit too early," he said. "I still need to take some official visits and hope to find that perfect school before I do it."

He says his main criteria for finding the right school are, "the academics and how I fit in with the players, coaches and program in general."

Growing up, Drango followed Texas but the Longhorns aren't recruiting him.

"I've been told I'm good at pass protection," he said. "I'm aggressive and I finish my blocks."

He says he can bench 315-pounds, squat 385 and has a 28-inch vertical jump.

"I'm not done working on my game," he said. "I'm trying to get better at everything. I still want to get faster and stronger and work on my technique."

Drango plans to major in either business or engineering. He reports a 5.0 core GPA (on a 5.0 scale) and has a 1240 two-part SAT.

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