It doesn’t have to be exactly to his specifications, but Lassiter (Ga.) 2019 cornerback Brandon Spencer said he hopes a school earns enough check marks that allow him to be comfortable with a decision.
Spencer (5-11, 170) still has a long way to get to that point. He does claim offers from Buffalo, Columbia, Southern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Wofford, Tennessee Tech and Western Carolina. Spencer has also heard from schools like Virginia Tech, South Florida and Stanford, which could signal a recruitment that’s still in its infancy.
Spencer took one recent visit and has another coming that provided some clarity. Still, he remains open to plenty of schools, in the hopes of finding the best match.
“I’m looking for a home, at the culture and environment,” Spencer said. “Somewhere I can play early, the coaches are good and how they play, how aggressive they are, what type of defense. I just like a lot of man concepts, the challenge of that.”
This past weekend, Spencer made his first trip to Blacksburg, to see one of Virginia Tech’s spring practices. The visit allowed Spencer to get a feel for another possible option and help set his recruitment gauge a bit.
“It was a great environment and I like the coaches a lot,” Spencer said. “It’s a college town, so everyone loves Virginia Tech. I like that and they love the football team. The corners coach (Brian Mitchell) is cool and I got to talk to him a lot.”
During his trip, Spencer also sat down and spoke with Mitchell and other members of the staff.
“They’re really good,” Spencer said. “They’re very truthful with me, with what they’re doing, what their plan is, what they see me playing and what I can do. They said corners play safety and corner, so I’d just be a DB, generally.”
And that’s a spot Spencer said he’d be comfortable with, playing whatever is needed in the secondary. He’s had experience throughout the defensive backfield during his high school career.
“All three, I love nickel, corner, safety,” Spencer said. “I like playing all three. It’s a different challenge with each. I can do all of them. Last year I had to switch from safety to corner all the time. I just love playing both.”
The Hokies also gave Spencer a sense of what he needs to do to earn an offer. It’s a process that will likely bring him back to Blacksburg this summer for camp.
“They want to see me be able to move in person,” Spencer...
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