National camp field goal champion Alex Spence commits to Clemson for 2014

West Florence High star won Chris Sailer National Spring Competition last month in Las Vegas

Alex Spence (West Florence High School photo)

Alex Spence (West Florence High School photo)

Danny Pearman and Dabo Swinney have found their kicker.

Alex Spence, a national field goal and punting champion from West Florence High in Florence, S.C., committed to Clemson for its class of 2014 on Friday, after being offered at the conclusion of the second session of Dabo Swinney's high school camp.

Spence, a 4.0 student with a 1350 score on the SAT, won the prestigious Chris Sailer National Spring competition last month in Las Vegas, after nailing 15 of 16 field goal attempts from distances of 35-50 yards.

Last season at West Florence, the 6-2, 190-pound Spence made 11 of 13 field goal attempts and was successful on 50 of 54 PATs. He also punted for a 39.3 average.

Spence has previously won national competitions for both field goals and punts.

Spence is the 11th commitment to Clemson's 2014 recruiting class, and fills a major need as the Tigers look to place Chandler Catanzaro, a rising senior.

In a scouting report posted on the Chris Sailer Kicking website, Spence is described as "an outstanding kicker...He hits hits a nice consistent ball off the ground. Field goals are solid. Kickoffs are strong and show great college potential. Also a very good punter. Shows potential in all 3 phases (FG, KO, and P).

"Kicks well under pressure. Has improved a great deal from camp to camp. He will only continue to improve his game in time. Fine young man with a great attitude and work ethic. Should have a great spring and summer. Excellent college prospect."

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rsb8931#286014 writes:

Let's hope the young man doesn't change his mind. He sounds like a really smart kid based on his SAT and GPA. He is at least smart enough to choose his college on other factors other than football and that's where Clemson wins out, especially when USC is in the running. USC is so far inferior to Clemson in academics they shouldn't even be in the conversation.

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