Mark Spinney Favors Four

Nashua, New Hampshire recruit Mark Spinney has a lot of choices to make in the next few months. The 6-foot-4-inch, 265 pound offensive lineman has standing offers to play for schools such as New Hampshire, Syracuse, Connecticut, and Northwestern.

"Right now, they are all kind of clustered together," Mark Spinney said. "I haven't really ranked them yet."

Spinney has taken unofficial visits to Syracuse and Connecticut, though. He said each school has its own appeal.

"With Syracuse coming off a 1-10 season last year, there is an opportunity to play there. I think they will get it back and I could have a part in that," Spinney said. And UConn, "The coaches are really great there and the new facilities are nice too. I think they have the program headed in the right direction."

Even with the visits, Spinney said neither school has an advantage over any one else. Spinney has a connection to both schools through his father who played college football at Syracuse with UConn coach Randy Edsall.

One school that may have taken an unfortunate hit in the recruitment of Spinney is Northwestern. Coach Randy Walker, 52, died Thursday of an apparent heart attack.

"I haven't talked to them since the incident," Spinney said. "(Walker) was from Ohio and was a pretty intense guy that really knew how to coach football. It kind of hurts (the recruitment) a little bit because he was such a good guy and a good coach. It's tough when you lose such a great coach like that."

Another option for Spinney is to stay close to home and attend the University of New Hampshire, but he said geography will not influence his decision of where to attend college.

"It would be nice to stay closer to home, but that's not necessarily a big factor."

When asked to rank his top schools, Spinney remained adamant that he hadn't made up his mind yet. He did, however, give a tentative time frame for his decision.

"Ideally, it would be nice to get it out of the way before the season starts so I could focus on my own season, but that may not necessarily be the way it falls," Spinney said.

Spinney is currently rated as a Three-star prospect by

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