Spaulding Inks with Olivet Nazarene University
WEEKI WACHEE – When Weeki Wachee head coach Mark Lee took over the Hornets, he wanted to win football games and send his players off to play college football. Last week, when offensive lineman Brice Spaulding committed to Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois, Lee had a first in his coaching career.
“That is the first time I’ve been able to send a player to my alma-mater since I’ve been coaching.” Lee said. “It is an amazing feeling, because having played there, I know he will be in good hands.”
Lee played quarterback for the Tigers, and was thrilled at the fact one of his players signed with his former team.
“He will find out that it is a beautiful campus.” Lee said. “The Chicago Bears use it for their camps, and just the facilities and campus are top notch.
The 6-foot-2, 255 pound senior Spaulding said the choice was easier than he imagined such a big decision would be.
“It was a process (to make a decision), but Coach Lee made me feel more comfortable.” Spaulding said. “At the end, I couldn’t be happier with my choice.”
Spaulding acknowledged that the level of talent will increase going forward, and consistency will be a big key for him.
“The talent will be more consistent in college.” Spaulding said. “No disrespect to the county, but one week you go up against a big guy, the next week you’re going against someone who is smaller than you. In college, you can’t take a play off.”
Lee echoed the statements of his player, but believed Spaulding would be quick to adjust.
“The speed will be the biggest thing to get used to.” Lee said. “Everything moves quicker up there, everyone playing college was the big man on campus in High School. He will be okay and adjust.”
Spaulding is excited to get his career as a Tiger started, but was cautiously optimistic about his ability to withstand the harsh winters around the Windy City.
“Yeah, the cold will be fun.” Spaulding admitted laughing. “However, I do know I won’t be wearing sleeves no matter how cold it gets.”
Lee was less confident about the toughness of Spaulding going toe-to-toe with the snow.
“I don’t care how tough he is.” Lee said laughing. “Everyone wears sleeves when it gets in the teens. Heck, when I played baseball there, I had on ear muffs, hand warmers, gloves and a heater in the dugout.”
The snow will be a challenge, but Spaulding is looking forward to taking on all challenges as he continues his football career.
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