Spearman Talks Visits

Spearman Talks Visits

Check out what 2013 linebacker Reggie Spearman had to say about his first official visit and where he stands with his verbal to Illinois.

2013 Simeon High linebacker Reggie Spearman is nearing the end of his senior season.

Saturday he will take the field to battle for the Chicago Prep Bowl on Soldier Field. Simeon, the public league representative, will take on Brother Rice who is the Chicago Catholic League representative.

The standout linebacker, committed to Illinois in August and even though it's still a busy game week, cleared up his commitment status -- he hasn't decommitted from the Illini.

"My coach wants me to look into other schools and he has been telling me that for a while," Spearman said. "I am going to follow the guidance of my family and my coaches, they haven't led me astray yet."

In the meantime, Spearman took an official visit to Iowa.

"The Iowa trip was amazing, they definitely told me a lot of things I didn't know about the tradition in Iowa City," Spearman said. "I really liked Iowa, and liked the school a lot. It was a pleasant surprise for sure."

What was Spearman's favorite part about his visit?

"Just not really being out west, I hadn't been out that far west before," Spearman said. "It was my first time to Iowa City and even though I thought there would be cornfields, it was just incredible when I got there. It reminded me of Chicago."

Another thing that the 6-foot-2, 200 pound prospect enjoyed about the Hawkeye visit was the game itself.

"The game was live," Spearman said. "It was amazing, it was so close to an NFL atmosphere."

He added, "Coach Woods is a great linebacker coach. I connected with him as soon as I got down there, their defensive style I feel like if I went there I could jump right in and learn the defense because it's similar to what we run at Simeon."

Spearman made the trip up to Iowa City, shortly after he received an offer from the Hawkeyes.

"Since it was my first official visit, I definitely give it a high grade," Spearman said. "It was definitely something that I would remember for a while."

Spearman plans on taking several more official visits, and has recently heard from Syracuse, TCU, Iowa State and several others.

"I will probably take officials to Illinois and Syracuse if I had to guess," Spearman said. "Those are the two that are leading the way for any other official visits that I would take."

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