Entering a New Region

Other than the state of Florida, Wisconsin's success rate recruiting in the deep south isn't one to gloat about. Led by the recruiting efforts of Bob Bostad, Wisconsin hopes to improve its odds in Alabama, targeting big offensive guard Spencer Region.

MADISON - Though he has struggled to escape the limelight during his recruitment the past few months, Spencer Region can still find one place of solace: Coaching little league football.

Region, a 2011 offensive lineman recruit from Cullman (Ala.) High School who orally committed then de-committed from Auburn earlier this year, has found comfort in teaching the sport to local kids.

"(Coaching) is where I can get away from everything," Region told Badger Nation. "Other kids work with me, too, but especially the little kids. I'm just glad I have a chance to be a role model for them. I love coaching, anyway. Some people can think it's just trying to get more publicity to (me), but it's nothing like that. It's my dream to coach. I love doing it. It's real rewarding, and I see that at a young age. That's what I want to do for the rest of my life."

But for now, the 6-foot-6, 345-pound Region's main focus remains on picking a school he will attend in Fall 2011.

"Right now, I'm pretty wide open," said Region, a four-star offensive line recruit, according to Scout.com. "I'm taking a look everywhere, trying to figure where the best school is for me to go."

Region hasn't visited Wisconsin, though he lists the Badgers as one of his top school choices. While he resides in the warm Southern heat, he says icy Wisconsin winters wouldn't bother him, as he spent the first few years of his life dealing with similar conditions in New York.

"I really want to (visit Wisconsin)," Region said. "I'm from up North. I have no problem with Northern air, the weather and stuff like that. I lived there for a while."

The Badgers' recent history of turning out NFL-caliber offensive linemen – a list that includes former top-three pick Joe Thomas – has also caught the attention of Region. He has been especially impressed with Wisconsin offensive line coach Bob Bostad, who is recruiting Region.

"My goal was to play at the next level, and Coach Bostad can definitely get me there," Region said. "He's done a really good job so far, especially with Joe Thomas and all them. I'm just glad to have an offer from them and have a chance to play there. I'm just really excited to be in the position I'm in."

Region also lists Alabama, Penn State, Georgia and LSU as his other finalists. He attended a camp for the Crimson Tide in June, and he hopes to make more visits before making his final decision.

Region nearly gave an oral commitment to Alabama in early February, but instead chose Auburn. Soon enough, he realized he rushed his decision and backed out of the commitment.

"I felt like it was a little too early (to commit)," Region said. "It was nothing against Auburn, but it was just a little too early. I just really wanted to make sure that Auburn was where I wanted to be. Now, I've kind of opened back up and I'm looking around everywhere."

But Region admits he hasn't completely ruled out the Tigers.

"Auburn still wants me and stuff like that," Region said. "I still wouldn't mind playing there. I still have some interest in going to Auburn."

While Region originally stated he would pick a school before his senior year at Cullman, he wouldn't be surprised if his final decision doesn't come until National Signing Day Feb. 2.

"I did have a plan to make my decision before my senior season, but I really don't think that's going to be able to happen," Region said. "I still don't feel good. I'm probably going to go down to signing day."


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