Several schools have Mayfield (OH) High School kicker Carey Spear near the top of their recruiting boards. Spear recently competed at Chris Sailer's National Kicking Spring Event in Las Vegas, featuring about one hundred of the best kickers in the class of 2010.
Spear said Sailer rates him the third best kicker in the nation.
"I came in focused and prepared for the event. My kickoffs were number one out of all the 2010 prospects there. I averaged more than 70 yards (71.9 yds) and a four second hang-time (4.03). My field goal kicking was good too. I finished third in that competition. Sailer said my height and accuracy were good."
Colleges had taken notice of Spear's skills long before the event.
"I talk to Ohio State every other week. I call coach Taver Johnson. I am developing a relationship with him. We are waiting for the camp at Ohio State on June 17th. I plan to go to that. I have been down to Ohio State a couple of times. I went to their junior day. I also saw them practice for the Fiesta Bowl. That was awesome, I would love to go there."
Spear said Ohio State plans to take a kicker, and he hopes to land an offer after the camp.
Carey also has terrific numbers in the classroom- a 4.5 G.P.A. and he scored a 32 on his ACT. He says he is looking for a academic challenge in college. Along with Ohio State, Stanford is another program Carey is hearing from.
"I know they are a great school academically, that catches my interest. I think academics are very important. I know they are a real challenging school, that catches my eye. California is a great place to be. I know they need a kicker, so I am going to attend their camp as well."
Spear has yet to receive a scholarship offer. He says along with Stanford and Ohio State, he has spoken to Akron and Iowa State in the past week. He also receives mail from most of the Big Ten, most notably Purdue, Indiana, and Michigan State. He also hears from South Carolina, Cincinnati and Kansas.
"I am just trying to keep my options open. I am interested in everyone."