20 Questions with Chris Spence, Jonesboro-Hodge High School
LAFM: Name, Grade, Position, & School
Christopher Spence, 12th, Defensive Tackle/Nose Guard, Jonesboro-Hodge High School
LAFM: Height & Weight
6’1”, 305 lbs.
LAFM: How long have you played football? What positions have you played?
I’ve played football mostly my entire life. In middle school, I played defensive end and right guard. Now that I’m in high school, I play Defensive Tackle, but on offense they’ve kicked me out to the Offensive Tackle position.
LAFM: Is there anyone in your family that played sports at a High School, College, or even professional level?
Yes, my cousin Elliot Blankenship plays college football at LA Tech. I also had two uncles to play in college as well, one at Louisiana-Lafayette and the other at Harvard. I have had two cousins to play in the NFL as well.
LAFM: Did your family have any influence on you playing sports?
Yes my family had an influence for me playing. Being the youngest grandchild I was always influenced to be better than my cousins even though they were some good athletes.
LAFM: Have you gone or are you going to any college camps, if so where?
I’ve been to LA Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Stephen F. Austin, Alcorn, Southern Arkansas, Northwestern State, and LSU.
LAFM: What do you like most about football?
What I like most about football are the Friday nights when you run out of the tunnel and you see all the people in the crowd, the gigantic lights, and (most of all) when you see all your brothers on the sideline that you have sweat and bled with throughout the entire summer. Seeing all the hard work the team put in actually come together is something that is simply amazing.
LAFM: What do you need to work on to play at the collegiate level?
College is much more fast-paced so I need to work on getting faster, slim down a couple pounds, and work on my leverage.
LAFM: What is your biggest strength on the field?
To me my biggest strength on the field are my quick hands. If the offensive lineman can’t put his hands on you you’re already ahead.
LAFM: What college & professional team did you grow up loving?
Being from Louisiana everyone expects you to like LSU and the Saints. Not me, I grew up loving the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Green Bay Packers.
LAFM: Who do you look up to or view as a role model in the NFL?
Growing up I liked watching Brett Favre. No matter what the score was he never gave up.
LAFM: Who is your all time favorite Jonesboro-Hodge football player?
My favorite player of Jonesboro-Hodge High School is my cousin Elliot Blankenship. Although we didn’t have the best record he always told us never give up, continue to fight, never lie down and never give up. He was so motivational so that’s why he’s my favorite.
LAFM: Tell us something about you people would be surprised to know.
Most people look at me quite strange when I tell them I play the piano. I have a thing for passionate music. I love the piano.
LAFM: Favorite school subject?
My favorite school subject is science. Science is amazing to me. It takes so much to like science because it can get boring. You have to be real passionate about it.
LAFM: What do you want to do professionally when you’re finished playing ball?
When I finish playing football I plan to be a dentist.
LAFM: What are your three favorite colleges in Louisiana and why?
My favorite three colleges in Louisiana are Louisiana-Lafayette because they’re a great young team. LA Tech has to be second because I grew up wearing red and blue, and the third has to be Southeastern.
LAFM: Did you participate in any other sports?
I participate in track and field.
LAFM: Do you have any superstitions or routine/something you do before every game?
Well of course I have superstitions, but I can’t give out that private information.
LAFM: Where would you like to play college ball?
I would like to play college ball at either Arizona or Louisiana-Lafayette. They’ve both shown high interest in me. I wasn’t able to make it to Arizona’s junior day but I plan to visit. I’ve been to Louisiana-Lafayette multiple times. I love everything about their program.