We just received the junior film on Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) defensive end Averel Spicer and have no doubt he's one of the top 100 prospects in the country. Spicer will be a national recruit and already has multiple offers to his name but assuming both offer, we feel this one will be a classic battle between Florida State and USC.
Spicer, 6-1, 250 pounds was a 1st team All-State Underclass selection last year and could be the top defensive line prospect in the state next season. As a junior, Spicer totaled 54 tackles and 13 quarterback sacks while averaging almost eight yards a carry at running back. What jumps out on film on Spicer is his athleticism. You just don't see lineman that big with his ability to run and pursue. Spicer has an explosive first step off the ball, is very strong and is almost impossible to block one on one at the high school level.
Spicer currently has offers from Oregon State and UCLA but both trail the Noles and Trojans at this time.
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"I grew up in Orando (Fla.) and have been a die hard FSU fan my whole life," Spicer said. "I just moved out here before high school so I still have strong feelings towards Florida. I think I'll probably go back and forth a little but right now, FSU is probably my top school followed by USC. USC has a great thing going, I love the coaches there and I like it out here in Southern CA. UCLA, Oregon State and Miami are the others in my top five.
"All five have been recruiting me pretty hard and I heard FSU and USC are both close to offering, especially FSU. I'm in no hurry to make my decision though. I'm going to go through the process, take all my trips and then decide close to Signing Day."
Spicer has already qualified academically and is carrying a 2.8 GPA with an 860 SAT score.