September 18, 2009

Massive OL loves Tide

In the class of 2011, you won't find many prospects in the state of Alabama as physically imposing as Cullman offensive lineman Spencer Region. Standing at 6-foot-6 and 330 pounds, Region brings college size to his right guard spot, helping guide his team to a 3-0 start thanks to a dominant ground game.

"We've been pretty good so far this year. We're running the ball really well and the offensive line is really dominating," said Region.

Region's massive frame and impressive strength and power have made him a unique weapon for Cullman since he first set foot on campus and the Cullman coaching staff have taken full advantage of his skills.

"We run a spread offense but we run out of it an awful lot. I'd say we're about 50-50 split between running and passing. When I first joined the team, the coaches really felt like they could run the ball behind me just because of my size so they pretty much immediately started running more once I got on the field. I feel a lot of responsibility for the offense knowing that the coaches have sort of built the offense around me but I'm glad to be able to step up to the challenge."

After spending most of his spring and summer focused on baseball, Region is still flying under the radar of most college programs though he did put on impressive camp performances at both Alabama and Auburn.

"Next summer I'm going to really step it up with the camp circuit. Last summer I played baseball but I know it's time to get serious about my college football career and I want to do everything I can to improve as a player and give myself a chance to earn some scholarship offers."

"I'm starting to hear from some schools now, especially the in-state schools. South Alabama, UAB and Auburn are all sending me letters and I feel like I made a good impression at Alabama when I camped there so I hope to hear from them soon as well."

As is the case with most prospects in the state of Alabama, Region grew up favoring one side of the heated rivalry between the Crimson Tide and the Tigers.

"I grew up an Alabama fan. I love the tradition there and the atmosphere. It's just the ultimate college football program to me."

Region said he plans to take things slow when it comes to making a college decision but does have a set of criteria for the choosing a school when the time comes.

"For me the main factors are going to be the tradition of the program, the atmosphere and obviously the coaching staff. Academics are really important to me as well and I'd probably prefer to stay close to home if that's possible."

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