The first commitment for the Cincinnati Bearcats since JUCO quarterback Jarred Evans decided to roll the dice with UC comes in the form of wide receiver Odell Spencer from Shaker Heights High School in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the 22nd football player to give his nod to Tommy Tuberville in the 2014 recruiting class. Also per, CBJ’s Sam Kwaitkowski, Spencer is in line to play defensive back at Cincinnati. The basically-consensus 3-star recruit boasted offers from across the MAC along with the interest he received from UC. Spencer was actually committed to Bowling Green for the better part of the last five months before switching to the Bearcats yesterday. He is likely one of the last few players Cincinnati will be accepting commitments from in this class.
|Height - Weight||6'0", 170 lbs|
|High School||Shaker Heights|
|247 Sports||*** - 84|
|Rivals||*** - 5.6|
|ESPN||*** - 74|
BONUS HIGHLIGHTS: Odell Spencer’s Hudl reel with more recent and comprehensive game tape
DOUBLE BONUS HIGHLIGHTS: His film from Raw Talent
As mentioned, Spencer plays wide receiver for Shaker Heights but also cornerback for his team, which is why it makes sense why Tuberville intends to put him on defense at Cincinnati. But the young athlete is also an adept return man, utilizing that speed to chew up yards quickly and overwhelm the coverage team. But for our purposes, we’ll focus on Spencer’s defensive highlights. The young defensive back clearly has the speed to run with any receiver but his flexible hips allow him to quickly redirect his body and mirror wideout well. Plus Spencer’s experience on offense himself I’m sure helps him predict where the wide receiver is running. He would probably do well improving his tackling technique, wrapping up rather than going for the “shoulder tackle”, but otherwise this appears to be a pretty solid defensive back prospect.
Tuberville has preached the need to add speed to the team and he did just that by securing a commitment from Odell Spencer. The young man boasts a 4.31-forty time, which could benefit the Bearcats in a number of ways. But, more than likely Spencer will redshirt his freshman year. The only way I could see him seeing the field in his first year is at cornerback, where UC will be pretty thin next season, or special teams. The plan is for him to play on defense but there’s no reason he couldn’t move back to offense sometime in the future. I’d be curious to see just how this coaching staff decides to place him to best utilize his abilities.