Spencer Reeves, the 6-foot-1.5, 205-pound three-star linebacker from Skyline High School in Dallas, Texas, says he has over 20 scholarship offers but admits that three really standout.
Reeves, ranked No. 66 in the Southwest by Scout.com and named the No. 16 outside 'backer nationwide, still favors Minnesota and Texas Tech but has elevated Kansas State into a top three grouping that lead solidly over Alabama and Wisconsin. All have offered.
"I'm really focusing on those three right now," Reeves said. "They are all even. They send me the most mail and Texas Tech has been calling pretty regularly too. They just stay in contact the most and are all trying to get me to come on a visit. They send lots of handwritten letters and just stuff about their grad rates and classes and stuff."
The only official visit that Reeves has scheduled thus far is to Minnesota on Sept. 29 for the Oklahoma State game. "Minnesota was the first school to offer me and they've had my back the whole time," he said. "I like the new coaches and they just seem to have a great attitude. They are enthusiastic and I think they'll do really well in the Big Ten."
Reeves admits that he'll most likely only take visits to these three schools before making his decision. "Those are the three I'm looking at and those are the ones that I'll visit."
Although it wasn't an official trip, Reeves did attend the Texas Tech/SMU game on Sept. 3. "Texas Tech really impressed me," Reeves said. "They move the ball down the field really well and have a great offense. They just need to improve their defense a little and I feel like I could go there and play early.
"They said because of my speed I could play inside or outside linebacker. I actually talked with (running back) coach Seth Littrell today and he said that they are going to be losing some 'backers and need to fill those spots. He said he could see me playing early there too."
Another advantage for the Red Raiders is that they are only about five hours from his house. "They are pretty close and my family really wants me to stay nearby," he said. "I know that distance will be a factor, but it'll only be a small one."
While Reeves likes the Red Raiders' offense, it's Kansas State's defense that has caught his eye. "I love the defense they run," he said. "It's a 3-4 defense and I really like playing that. I can play inside or out and they are losing some linebackers too, so I might get an opportunity to play early."
Although he has his choices narrowed to three, Reeves admits that Wisconsin and Alabama aren't completely out of the running. "I'm definitely going to give Wisconsin a look," he said. "Their ranking really caught my interest. They have a high-ranked defense and are always a top team. They started this year pretty well and I think they'll be competing for the Big Ten title.
"Alabama is still a young team, but they have great coaches and are up-and-coming," he said. "They'll be a top team in the SEC soon and that's a really tough conference."
Reeves says that while he's officially being recruited as an outside linebacker, many schools have talked with him about playing inside linebacker as well.
Skyline High School started their season with a 53-13 trashing of Samuel. Reeves had seven tackles and one sack in the first half before the starters were pulled at halftime. Next up for Skyline is an away game at Arlington.
He reports a 3.7 core GPA and a 13 ACT, which he intends to retake. Reeves also says he'll take the SAT, but hasn't set a date yet.