Without question, 4-star ATH Jacolby Spells is near the top for Miami’s most wanted recruits in the 2022 class. Playing for Broward County powerhouse American Heritage, Spells was part of a Patriots team that captured a state championship in 2020, as one of the more dominating defensive squads in all of high school football.
As a junior, Spells began to make the transition from playing wide receiver to defensive back, where he was in a secondary that included Earl Little Jr. as well as 2021 Miami commit, 5-star safety James Williams.
Miami Hurricanes commit James Williams ready to go, leading American Heritage as team captain at midfield before taking on Miami Northwestern in a playoff game.@Begreat_20 wearing a U on the back of his helmet that you can see when he turns around. pic.twitter.com/m3Qxhgo0WU— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) November 21, 2020
“It was great playing on the team with James (Williams),” Spells told me. “He taught me a lot of things, told me what I was doing wrong, and made sure I did things right.”
Spells said moving to defensive back from receiver wasn’t too difficult of an adjustment, though it still required a learning period.
Private 1 on 1 (DB) Session w/ 2022 American Heritage Patriots (CB) Jacolby Spells fresh off his University of Oklahoma Sooners Offer this week. #work #dbtraining #hardwork #thegrinddontstop— gogetityft (@gogetityft) January 26, 2020
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“I had a lot to learn, had a lot of things to work on. But after a while, getting coached by the great coaches I have and all the hard work I put in, I got everything down pat, every game during the season, every practice, I improved more and more as a player.”
Though, Spells is aware there’s more work to be done as a DB heading into his senior season. “Something I need to improve on is my technique and foot-work. I work on that, I feel like I can be way better than last year,” Spells said.
Northwestern tries to go to Miami commit Romello Brinson in the end zone before half, but pass is intercepted by 2022 4-star Jacolby Spells. pic.twitter.com/EnmSLITLWW— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) November 21, 2020
One of the big storylines surrounding the Hurricanes this off-season, is the recent hiring of new defensive backs coach, Travaris Robinson, who Spells is a fan of.
“T Rob is great, he knows what he’s talking about and what he’s doing. Miami got them a great coach down there, I feel he’s going to help out a lot. I’ve spoke to him one time, had a great talk about football.”
Spells said Miami is among the schools who contacts him the most, though other programs including Georgia, Indiana, West Virginia and Syracuse talk to Spells regularly as well.
Spells hasn’t decided yet on when he plans to make an announcement. “My decision is still in process right now.”