Carrying on the Family Legacy

When one's father is a successful college running back at a big-tradition school like Ohio State, the pressure to carry on the family legacy is heavy. While he plays a different position, Vernon Hills wide receiver Evan Spencer is in good position to meet those expectations.

MADISON – Junior wide receiver Evan Spencer is the son of Chicago Bears running backs coach Tim, so it's not hard to see where his solid work ethic stems from. Coming off a 14-touchdown season, Spencer has been working hard in the off season to improve on not only his lateral quickness but his overall game, hoping that his work ethic will help him achieve great things at the college level.

"I'm training 2-3 times a week and also working with my dad," Spencer told Badger Nation. "I feel that I can go and catch the ball and that working out has improved my route running. I am working on my lateral quickness better, because I can always improve."

Spencer has also seen mass improvement in his offer list over the past month, adding offers from Notre Dame, Ohio State and Purdue to his already impressive offer list of Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Scheduling a visit right to Iowa's Junior Day and has been invited to Wisconsin's Junior Day, Spencer, who started to be recruited by Randall McCray and has now been in contact with Dave Doeren and DelVaughn Alexander, has visited Wisconsin twice – for the Fresno State and Michigan football game - and liked the experience.

"I loved the stadium and the atmosphere was very cool," said Spencer. "After talking to the coaches, they are really good guys. The guys that I have talked to are real honest, and it was nice to get the offer. I liked it a lot when I was there, although I didn't get around campus that much.

Spencer has no real plans for the near future and just wants to see how things play out. Spencer is confident in his abilities and knows what he brings to the table.

"I know I can be a factor with the ball in my hands and when I'm not in the game I'm making sure that my teammates are focused and helping cheer on the group that's on the field," said Spencer.

Spencer – rated a four-star wide receiver and the 19th-best in the country by - isn't alone in going through the process, as fellow four-star wide receiver and good friend DaVaris Daniels is also being highly sought after. It's a moot point for now, as both aren't focusing on the decision as much as pushing each other to improve.

"I think me and DaVaris are real good friends that motivate each other," Daniels said. "When people come to recruit us, they'll notice that both of us can play ball and that we are good ball players."

Wisconsin is scheduled to have a Junior Day this Saturday, February 27th.

Badger Nation's Alex Ledbetter contributed to this story

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