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Spencer headed to West Point

Friday, March 25, 2005

Former Brazil resident Blake Spencer will become the first Division 1-A recruit from Newsome High School, located in Brandon, FL, when he enrolls at West Point Academy, NY to play football for the Black Knights of Army.

Spencer, a 6'2, 180-pound tightend led Newsome in receptions with 24 catches for 501 yards this season. The 17-year old senior, whose parents Rick and Marcia Spencer were also Brazil residents, will undergo a six-week breaking-in program at the academy before beginning his freshman year.

While football is one of the main reasons Spencer chose Army, he has shown interest in an engineering career when his military service ends. He currently carries a 4.04 weighted grade point average at Newsome High, which opened two years ago.

Spencer, who also lettered in baseball and basketball, will have all four years of his college tuition paid for before paying back the Army with the next five years of his life. Spencer said Army assistant coach John Mumford estimated the value of the scholarship at $350,000.

"I don't think anybody can sit here and fully comprehend what the military academy is going to be like for him," commented Blake's father Rick. The elder Spencer, who was a member of the Indiana Air National Guard for 29 years before becoming a pilot for Southwest Airlines. "But he has the personality and the self-discipline to survive."

Though West Point is a 1,200 mile journey from Brandon, the Spencer's will be able to attend Blake's football games, thanks to Southwest's travel benefits.

Blake hopes to compete for a starting spot at wide receiver for the Black Knights this Fall.

Also of note, Blake's sister, Megan, is a Northview High School graduate and is currently studying at Florida State University in Tallahasee, FL.

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