For the players that are fortunate enough to go through it, there is definitely two sides to college recruiting.
While it can be fun because it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity because of things they get to experience, it’s not always fun and games for a 15-16 year old high school student due to the stress and pressure for one of the biggest decisions of their life.
2022 4-star cornerback Jacolby Spells from Fort Lauderdale, Florida is currently one of those players under intense scrutiny as he holds a long list of offers from some of the top programs in the country.
Currently ranked as one of 247 Sports Top 200 players, Spells has offers from programs like Miami, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State, Texas A&M, Indiana and West Virginia.
Today, Spells made the decision to narrow that list down to three: Miami, West Virginia and Indiana.
“This whole process has been very exciting as I’ve been able to talk to all these schools and talking to so many coaches but this has also brought a bunch of stress because of trying to figure out which is the best school for me to go to,” Spells tells West Virginia Sports Now. I just feel very relieved now that I’m able to cut things down to three schools that I really love and that I had a great time when I visited.”
”Getting down to just three schools was hard because I had a lot of great opportunities. Georgia and Florida started to come hard, so did Oklahoma but I stuck with the three schools that I felt I built the best relationships with and bonds I built with the coaches.”
West Virginia was the first school Spells made an official visit to and really was impressed with everything he experienced and the relationships he solidified.
”The whole atmosphere was great and it was different,” said Spells. “I want to be different and by placing them in my top three, I want to show kids it’s ok to be different. I’m from Florida and I’ve never really been to the mountains and really have never been out of Florida. I learned that West Virginia is a great place and honestly, everything about it felt like family. The time I spent with the players and coaches we felt like we built a family bond and I also met their family. I also love the facilities they have and I really felt like home.”
”As far as on the field, being from South Florida, we have different type of talent down here. It’s a different type of speed and talent that I could bring to the West Virginia program. If I went there, I believe that I could get on the field early because of my different type of speed and different type of talent. Plus, the defense we play now is similar to what they play at West Virginia.”
Now that he’s down to three, Spells doesn’t plan to take much time making that final decision.
“I’m going to wrap things up and make my final decision next week.”