Commitment Capsule: Andrew Spence

Commitment Capsule: Andrew Spence

An in-depth look at the newest member of the Syracuse Orange's class of 2015, Coral Gables (Fla.) cornerback Andrew Spence. What does he bring to the table and what can Orange fans expect?

Committed to:



6-2 | 190
Cornerback
Coral Gables (Fla.)

His Recruiting Story
Syracuse offered Andrew Spence back in February after evaluating his film. It was the first major conference offer for the big corner, who had a strong junior season with four interceptions. His size and physical play caught the eye of other schools as well, holding offers from UAB, South Alabama and Indiana. Others, such as California, Maryland, Michigan, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia, expressed interest. When Syracuse received a decommitment from Davante Davis, Spence become a more pressing need. Offensive coordinator George McDonald moved fast to show Spence he was a big priority, which eventually led to a verbal commitment.

Where We've Seen Him:
Miami NFTC (2014), Junior Highlight Film (2013)

Scouting Report from John Garcia Jr.:
He's an interesting pickup, no doubt, and I love the irony of snagging a defensive back from Miami with the exact same size as Davis 24 hours after he bolts. His arms appear to be his biggest strength. Not as physical as I expected, but his arms are very long. It enables him to recover when he looks beat. Coral Gables plays a lot of press,, but I saw a lot of Cover 2 and Cover 3 zone on his tape as well, and I think that's where he fits best as a cornerback.

Cover 2 defenses demand corners that are either physical, long, or both - because getting hands on the No. 1 WR (from outside in) stems the coverage on every play. It is the No. 1 thing needed within that scheme, and Spence looks like he fits best there. However, he has very good ball skills, again with his length and vertical ability, so I'm not so sure he isn't a free safety down the line.

It's tough to gauge his speed based on last fall's tape, and that could be the determining factor either way, though zone corners don't have to be nearly as fast - they need to be technical and savvy.

Again, great talent identification and acquisition by SU. Yet another McDonald recruit jumps on board without having been to campus. It's happened over and over, but shouldn't damper what a feat that is. It's a rarity for any program to do it, much less one a 24-hour drive away from the location it is plucking from.

Coach's Comments:
He's a very physical presence at corner. He's tall, rangy and has very good speed. He really fits the mold of what Syracuse wants to do on defense in the ACC. Everybody wants those bigger receivers, so he'll be able to get up on the line with them. He's 6-foot-2, 190-pounds. You can see him on tape when he matches up with one of the top receivers in 2016 and gets in his face and it's a done deal.

He has very good hips for his size. Very fluid. That's why coach (George) McDonald was really high on getting him to join him up there. He was really instrumental in his recruitment trying to get him on board. The kid fell in love with what he was saying, so he locked himself in.
- Coral Gables defensive backs coach David Cooney

Overall:
It's always impressive when a school can land a prospect without a visit. The ability to move quickly in the wake of a decommitment and land a player at the same position with a similar build is also quite impressive. Spence has the potential to be a solid corner for Syracuse, using his physical tools to be a playmaker in the defensive backfield.

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