New Hampshire's Spinney Taking His Time

You could say that football is pumping through the veins of New Hampshire standout lineman Mark Spinney. He is the grandson of Baltimore Colts All-Pro Art Spinney and Frank Dancewicz, All-American quarterback at Notre Dame and the number one player selected in the 1946 NFL Draft by the Boston Yankees. Mark's father, Steve, played his college football at Syracuse. three-star prospect Mark Spinney, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound lineman from Bishop Guertin High in N.H., is clearly the state's most heavily recruited player for the recruiting class of 2007.

Spinney has racked up an impressive offer list and has toured many of the programs who have been recruiting him up to this point.

"Recruiting is going well," Spinney began. "I have a bunch of offers. I have offers from Rutgers, Connecticut, Duke, Syracuse, New Hampshire, Akron and a few others. I am also talking to a bunch of schools."

"I have taken unofficial visits to Duke, Michigan, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Connecticut, Notre Dame, and I have also been on one to Maryland. They all kind of have their own distinctive qualities."

Spinney, who plays left tackle and defensive end for his high school team, is also being looked at on both sides of the ball in college.

"I am being recruited on both sides of the ball," Spinney said when asked at what position he is expected to contribute on the next level.

"My biggest strength on offense is my quickness off of the ball and my strength. On defense I would have to say my quickness off of the ball again."

Spinney has an affinity for playing along the offensive line and even though his father's alma mater signed a bevy of offensive linemen a year ago they are leaving the door open for him to play on either side of the ball.

"They are talking to me about playing either way," Spinney informed. "I am being looked at as either a center or guard on offense and defensive end on defense."

Spinney may not have a certain timeframe for a final decision, but he is casting his eyes towards his collegiate course of study.

"I have not really gotten that deep into it to decide exactly what schools I will be visiting," he said. "There are no visits lined up, but if I get the chance I will take them."

"I am willing to play anywhere, but it would be nice to stay closer to home where my family could watch me."

"I am thinking that I will most likely try to major in Political Science. I do not know exactly what I would do after I get my degree, but I like that major a lot."

Spinney earned first team All-State Manchester Union, All-Star Lowell Sun, first team All-Star and Associated Press first team All-State honors for his performance on the field as a junior in 2005.

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