ANAHEIM, California - The nation's No. 1 all-purpose back, C.J. Spiller, highlights a loaded offensive Florida team in this year's Air 7 CaliFlorida Bowl. The second day of practice showed that the Rivals100 runner was starting to click with his teammates, but at one point Spiller was concerned about his ankle.
Through only the first couple of plays, Spiller slipped on a run and felt some pain in his lower leg. However, after some ice and tape, the five-star rated speedster said it was nothing more than the daily bumps and bruises you get from practicing hard.
"The tempo was high out here and the defense was really moving well," Spiller said. "I just slipped a little bit. I got it taped up, I'll rest a little tonight, try to stay off of it, and go from there. I mean, it feels better already, so it's nothing serious. It just happens when you're out here working as hard as we are."
While Spiller, the No. 19 rated player in the country is having fun getting ready for Saturday's all-star contest, recruiting has been on his mind. His top four has been pretty solid with Florida, Florida State, Miami, and Southern Cal. Those also seem to be the way his official visits will go in January taking in Florida on Jan. 13, Florida State on Jan. 27, and Miami on Jan. 20.
So far all he has seen was USC and he's quick to say that until he compares all of the schools, no favorite will be named.
"I've just only been to USC, so I wouldn't say they're a favorite right now," Spiller said. "It was nice out there, but I've got to see what each other school has to offer me and then I'll talk about who is leading. My decision will probably come down to those schools around Signing Day."
One team may also make their way in for a fifth visit.
"I might go out to Clemson, but I'm not sure yet," he said. "I've got to talk to my mom about that. They could slip in there possibly."
Leading up to Saturday, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Spiller is just happy to be playing in the annual CaliFlorida Bowl.
"We're getting better," he said. "Hopefully by this weekend we can come together as a group and really get clicking."
Spiller is rated as the No. 5 overall prospect in the state of Florida.