4-star linebacker Brandon Spikes has set two official visits so far, one to an ACC program and the other to an SEC school. The 6-4, 225-pound star for Crest High School (Shelby, N.C.) discusses the two schools he will visit and answers how many other visits he plans to take.
“I’ve got a visit set to Virginia Tech for the Miami weekend (November 5th),” Spikes said. “I have one set to Florida for the Florida State game [on the weekend of November 26th]. I don’t know how many other visits I’ll take, but we’ll see.”
Spikes, who answered “not really” when asked if he had a clear favorite or favorites, discussed what he likes about each of the above programs.
“I realized how close it was to home,” Spikes said of Virginia Tech. “And I really like how the defense flies around to the ball.
“I liked everything about Florida when I went down there. I liked the players, the coaches and the fans.”
Virginia, led by Mike Groh, is among the rest of the schools that continue to heavily pursue Spikes. The ‘Hoos don’t appear to be in good position right now.
“Yeah, they’re still recruiting me heavy,” Spikes said of UVa. “I don’t know [if I’ll take a visit to Virginia], but we’ll see. I know they like they’re linebackers big, like I am.”
In addition to Florida, Virginia Tech and Virginia, which other programs are seriously in the mix?
“N.C. State, LSU, [North] Carolina, Clemson,” Spikes said. “That’s pretty much it.”
Spikes is being recruited by all schools as a linebacker, which is the position he wants to play in college. Schools say he could play inside or outside because of his versatility.
Heading into a key stretch, Spikes is excited about the team’s prospects.
“I’m really focused on the team,” Spikes said. “We’re 2-2 right now and we have our first conference game tomorrow night. We’re looking pretty good, definitely better than we were at the beginning of the year.”
On the year, Spikes estimates that he has about 33 tackles including six tackles-for-loss and one sack. He also has an interception.
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