In 20 or 30 years, Colin Spencer (Dallas/Woodrow Wilson) will be able to talk about how he from being a virtual unknown to a FBS commit in a matter of months.
Spencer picked up his first offer from Kansas on Saturday. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete, who accepted an invitation to The Opening before picking up his first offer, visited Lawrence, Kan., on Tuesday and gave head coach Charlie Weis his verbal commitment.
The commitment was a happy ending in a recruiting fairy tale that started with Spencer making a name for himself at the Nike SPARQ combine. Back in March, Spencer’s SPARQ rating of 141.12 set the combine world on its ear. It was the best rating of 2012 and the third-best rating in SPARQ history.
His 40-yard dash (4.42 seconds), 20-yard shuttle (3.87) and vertical leap (41.7 inches) attracted programs but, for whatever reason, didn’t earn scholarship offers. Kansas took a chance on Spencer, and he became the Jayhawks’ fifth commit of the 2013 recruiting class and the second in as many days.
“All the stress was lifted off my shoulders in having to worry about recruiting and what’s going on with different schools,” Spencer said. “I now can focus on school, 7-on-7 and getting ready for The Opening. I want to represent Kansas while I’m there.”
Recruited by both recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell and defensive coordinator Dave Campo, Spencer chose Kansas over interest from TCU, Arkansas, Baylor, North Texas, SMU and several other programs. Spencer is expected to see most of his playing time at cornerback, but he said Weis has plans of him getting plays on offense.
“They showed me around the campus [Tuesday],” Spencer said of the coaches. “Originally, I planned to go home and make a decision further down the line, but there was just nothing bad at all.
“Everything was good about the campus – the people, the facilities, the dorms, the atmosphere, the town, everything. I couldn’t find anything wrong. I sat down with my dad, and it was one of those talks where we knew we had something sitting in front of us that couldn’t get any better.”
Spencer said he is looking forward to learning from Campo, who he considers one of the country’s elite defensive coaches in college football. Before he receives tutelage from Campo, he will get tutelage from the instructors at The Opening, a four-day training and competition event July 5-8 at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.