Colin Spencer talks The Opening invite

If there’s one thing about The Opening, it makes a habit of rewarding the hard-working athlete – regardless of how many offers he may or may not have.

Rising athlete Colin Spencer (Dallas/Woodrow Wilson), who has made a name for himself by way of the Nike SPARQ combine and Nike Football Training Camp, has accepted an invitation to participate in The Opening, a four-day training and competition event July 5-8 at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound, two-way starter received the news late Wednesday, becoming the event’s 77th invitee of 2012.

“I got a call, and I was asked how everything was going and if I had plans for the summer,” said Spencer, a cornerback/wide receiver for Woodrow. “When I thought the conversation was over, they said, ‘By the way, We’d like to give you your first offer.’ I was pretty pumped.”

Spencer’s name began floating around the recruiting ranks after a stellar performance at the Nike SPARQ combine in Houston in March, where he recorded a rating of 141.12. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds, finished the 20-yard shuttle in 3.87 seconds and recorded a vertical jump of 41.7 inches.

The SPARQ rating, 20 shuttle and vertical jump all are top scores among cornerbacks nationwide. His time in the 40 was only four-hundredths of a second slower than the best nationally, which was recorded by Richard Allen (River Ridge, La./John Curtis).

“I never thought I’d be going to The Opening because of it,” Spencer said of his scores. “I really did put in the work for the SPARQ scores. I’m ready to go.”

All that’s missing for Spencer now is his first offer. He’s received interest from multiple schools, but TCU and Kansas have been on him regularly. Spencer said TCU is recruiting him as an athlete, and he will attend a camp and line up at both cornerback and slot receiver. Kansas is recruiting him as a cornerback.

Other scores that have shown interest in Spencer are Arkansas, Baylor, SMU and Tulsa.