The Bulls have found quite a few gems up in the panhandle and have found another in 2012 Pensacola athlete Jalen Spencer. The 6'0, 180 pound prospect plays quarterback for the Tigers and has a record of 26-2 as a starter including a state championship in 2009. Last year, he passed for 1,162 with 9 touchdowns and rushed for 868 yards with 13 scores, leading his team to a 12-1 record with the one loss being in the regional finals to St. Augustine.
With solid numbers as a starting quarterback, the talented athlete could also line up at a number of positions in college, with one in particular.
"I can play anywhere, but most schools are looking at me at corner" said Spencer. "I feel great about being able to make the transition and have played it before. This season I played mostly quarterback, but the last few games I played cornerback. I also played corner a lot when I was in 8th grade and it comes natural to me. Once I get back into it, it should come back pretty easily. It doesn't matter where I play as long as I have the opportunity to play."
Playing up in the panhandle, players sometimes fly under the radar. That has changed for the talented athlete as schools having been showing interest and he just received his first offer.
"I got an offer from South Florida," said Spencer. "It felt great to get that first offer. The USF coach talked to my coach and had me call him. He told me about the offer, about the school and how much they're interested in me."
Spencer said the Bulls have been recruiting him since last year and he talks the most with defensive backs coach Rick Smith.
"He came to our school and talked to me about playing DB. How I'm the perfect size for a DB and would be a perfect fit at corner and that he liked me, stuff like that," said Spencer. "I liked Coach Smith, and he was very straight forward with me about where I'd play. He let me know how many players they were losing and how I would fit in if I were to come there."
Being from the Panhandle, Spencer said he knows a little bit about South Florida through his head coach.
"I know some about them from what I've seen and heard" said Spencer. "My coach told me that they have a good football program and have a good coaching program, so that's a plus."
The Pensacola stand-out athlete does have a connection to South Florida with several Bulls being from his school.
"I know two players that go there. Terrell McClain and Anthony Hill" said Spencer. "I used to play basketball with Ant's brother and I used to go over to their house a lot. Terrell McClain, he's going to the league."
South Florida was the first to offer, but they aren't the only team to be showing interest as he's been receiving a lot of interest from different schools including LSU, Florida and Alabama, all of which he's already visited. At this stage of the process, Spencer says he interested in a couple schools in particular
"I like LSU, I like Florida and I like Alabama too. USF is there also" said Spencer. "USF, Florida, LSU and Alabama, they would be the top ones."
Spencer has already taken visits to LSU, Florida and Alabama and said that seeing them in person gives them an advantage.
"Yeah it helps them because I haven't ever been to USF" said Spencer. "When I went to LSU last summer, I liked it a lot. Then I been going on other visits to Florida and Alabama and liked them too."
The Panhandle prospect does plan on visiting USF in the very near future.
"I'm going to South Florida on March 5th" said Spencer "I never been to their campus, this will be my first time. I'm actually kind of excited to go down there and check everything out. I've never been there and they were my first offer, so it should be good."
The talented athlete says he can bench press 230 pounds, claims a 34 inch vertical and has speed to go with it.
"I run about a 4.4-4.5 somewhere right around there, I haven't run it in a while" said Spencer. I run a 4.3 shuttle, and I also run the 200 meter in track and ran a 23.9."
Spencer is modest when asking what makes him a special player, but listens to some fatherly advice.
"I don't like to talk about why I'm good, but my dad always said to show everything on the field. Just leave everything on the field," said Spencer. "I play 100 percent all the time. I leave it all on the field."
As for what's on tap for Spencer, he plans on being busy going to Junior Days and a camp or two.
"After USF, I'm going to the elite quarterback camp in Atlanta on the 24th of March." said Spencer. "Besides that I'm not sure just yet."
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There have been quite a few top prospects coming out of the Panhandle, and the latest is 2012 Pensacola athlete Jalen Spencer. The 6'0, 180 pound prospect has been receiving plenty of interest from top programs and just received his first offer from USF and will visit the Bulls on Junior Day in March. Read on for all the details, see who is leaders are, and more
The 6'0, 180 pound prospect just received his first offer from USF and will visit this March