Junior to watch: DL Matt Spanos

6'5, 265 pound Matt Spanos is a big time defensive line prospect out of Corona (CA) High School. He has an impressive list of schools after him and he'll be among those at the Nike camp this Saturday at USC.

Spanos is coming off an impressive junior season in which he racked up 47 tackles and 2 sacks on his way to All-League and All-State Underclass honors. He's one of the bigger defensive tackles in this year's class and he combines this size with surprising athleticism. He also has the ability to just power right through opposing offensive lines.

The big lineman has no offers at this early stage of the recruiting process, but he is hearing from an impressive group, "Colorado, USC, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA,…just to name a few" he said. Spanos claims no leader or group of favorites and he is completely wide open at this time, "I like the schools around here, like UCLA and USC, the more local schools, but I like Washington. I like their whole program. And, I really like Oregon, their aggressive style. I also like all of the Florida teams, like Florida and Florida State." Spanos explained that he's looking for a school with "a good educational program as well as a good football program. The best of both worlds." On the topic of distance from home, he admits that it might be a factor in his decision, but it won't cause him to stop looking out of state, "Well, it it's possible then I'd prefer it, but if not, then I'll go where ever" he said.

Spanos was able to make it to Junior Day at USC and he had a good time at the event, "That was great" he said. "They gave us a tour of the campus and some of their facilities, like their weight room, locker room, and meeting rooms. Stuff like that. It was a really good experience." He also had a chance to talk Pete Carroll and Ed Orgeron and the two highly energetic coaches left a big impression, "They're good, confident people. That's what I like about them. They're strong in their beliefs about their football program and very confident" Explained Spanos.

Right now, Spanos is in the midst of his Track and Field season where he's a stand out in the shot-put and discuss throw. He's also working hard in the weight room, where a little over a month ago he maxed 285 on bench, 455 on squat, and 325 on power-clean. He's looking forward to the off season where he plans on working on a couple of other specific aspects of his game, "just getting off the ball quicker and getting more downfield speed" he said. Considering Spanos recently put up a very respectable 5.0 forty, that's a scary proposition for opposing offenses.

Spanos will be at the Nike Camp at USC this Saturday, April 13th. He also plans on attending one day camps at USC and UCLA this summer.



















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