One of Mississippi’s top defensive line prospects has reclassified to 2016.
After finishing an English class in July 2, Greenwood defensive end Marquiss Spencer will now have enough credits to enroll as a senior for the 2015-16 academic year, Bulldogs coach Clinton Gatewood confirmed to The Clarion-Ledger
Spencer, a first team All-State selection, racked up 150 tackles and 32 tackles for loss during the 2014 season. The 6-foot-4, 232-pounder recorded 25 sacks, forced five fumbles and tallied five fumble recoveries for the Bulldogs.
The four-star prospect will join a loaded group of 2016 Mississippi defensive lineman, headlined by fellow four-star prospects Jeffrey Simmons (Noxubee County) and Raekwon Davis (Meridian). Spencer was also used as a tight end in Greenwood’s spring game and in various 7-on-7 tournaments this summer.
“We’re going to play him at defensive end and tight end this season. Probably some receiver, outside linebacker, too,” Gatewood said. “He’s going to be a jack of all trades for us because when we play against big receivers, I feel comfortable that he can hold his own in one on ones because his feet are going to make the defense. He can go check somebody in the slot right now.”
According to Gatewood, Spencer, who also runs track and plays basketball for the Bulldogs, clocked a 4.51 40-yard dash at Mississippi State earlier this summer. The defensive end holds offer from MSU and Southern Miss. Ole Miss, Florida and Alabama have expressed recent interest in the speedy D-Line prospect.
“Truly he is a pass rusher,” Gatewood said. “His main focus right now is getting his weight back up. He lost a lot of weight during basketball season.”
Greenwood opens the 2015 season on the road at Leflore County on Aug. 21.