Averell Spicer is the highest rated defensive lineman the Golden State has to offer this recruiting cycle. After flirting with the thought of going back to his home-state of Florida to play ball, he has decided that staying near home and becoming a Trojan was the best thing to do."> Averell Spicer is the highest rated defensive lineman the Golden State has to offer this recruiting cycle. After flirting with the thought of going back to his home-state of Florida to play ball, he has decided that staying near home and becoming a Trojan was the best thing to do.">

Nation's no.1 Defensive End Stays Home

<a href="http://scout.theinsiders.com/a.z?s=15&p=8&c=1&nid=697087">Averell Spicer</a> is the highest rated defensive lineman the Golden State has to offer this recruiting cycle. After flirting with the thought of going back to his home-state of Florida to play ball, he has decided that staying near home and becoming a Trojan was the best thing to do.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 265
40 time: 4.65
Bench: 325
Squat: 575
Clean: 260
Vertical:'32
From: Rancho Cucamonga, California
High School: Rancho Cucamonga

"I took my visit there this weekend and I love the surroundings," said Spicer. "I know it is the place I should be. I committed publicly when we were all at dinner, but I had given the coaches a silent commit earlier in the day (Saturday). I am ready to go there and do what needs to be done to play."

Early playing time is a very important factor on his agenda.

"The coaches have told me there is a chance for early playing time. I am going to go in there and work hard and see if I can get some. I don't care if it is 50 minutes, 12 minutes, or one minute. It doesn't matter to me how long it is - I want to play."

Spicer was recruited to 'SC by Tight Ends Coach Brennan Carroll.

This fall, he had 82 tackles, five sacks, four forced fumbles, and five pass break-ups. "I didn't get all-league recognition because I missed two and a half league games with a cracked rib. I am hoping to make the all-valley team when that comes out."

Rancho Cucamonga finished the year at 6-5 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to Canyon Country.

Last season, he recorded 71 tackles, six sacks, three fumbles caused and two fumble recoveries. He was named first team all-Valley at defensive end. He was also a first team all-state underclass selection.

Spicer confirmed that Florida State finished second for him.

The future Trojan carries a 2.5 core GPA and scored a 900 on his SAT. He would like to major in Business.

Scouting report: Spicer is a very good looking defensive end prospect on film. He is very quick, strong and athletic. He shows excellent quickness off the football and has a real knack for finding the ball. Spicer has a nice change of direction and runs well both laterally and north-south. He is quick off the edge and is an excellent pass rusher. Spicer is a solid tackler. Once he gets his hands on you, your going down. Spicer plays under control, uses his hands well and fights off blocks well. Overall, he looks to be a very athletic and top-notch defensive end prospect.


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