With Spencer, OSU maintains its valuable recruiting ties to talent-rich Georgia. Cowboys from the state on the 2012 roster include defensive ends Nigel Nicholas and Ryan Robinson, linebacker Demarcus Sherod, fullback David Paulsen and wide receiver C.J. Curry.
Commitments from the 2013 class from Georgia include Curry's younger brother, Darius, a three-star defensive back. Additionally, four-star defensive end Naim Mustafaa made a late switch from Georgia to OSU last week. In a news release announcing Mustafaa had enrolled for the spring semester, Spencer was quoted.
Spencer got a taste of being the defensive coordinator early in the 2012 season, when Young missed the first two games while recovering from a medical procedure that removed an aneurysm from between his eyes.
The Cowboys expectedly throttled Savannah State 84-0, but struggled on defense in a 59-38 loss at Arizona. But it's probably unfair to judge Spencer based solely on that performance. Those were emergency circumstances, though Young was still partly involved in game preparation. And in that game, the Cowboys were down a coach.
Now, Spencer gets his real shot to direct a Big 12 defense.