2015 Stats: Jalen played in 10 games last season, finally getting some substantial playing time in the USF secondary. He made five tackles and intercepted a pass against Florida A&M in the season opener.
Position on Depth Chart: Spencer is Deatrick Nichols's backup at cornerback following spring practice.
How He Came To USF: Spencer was a star dual-threat quarterback at Pensacola High School. He threw for over 3500 yards and 30 TDs, and also ran for over 3200 yards and 37 TDs. Jalen led the Tigers to the state playoffs three times and won the Class 3A championship in 2009. He was named to three all-state teams (two in Class 3A, and one in Class 6A after high schools were reclassified in 2011) and lettered in football, baseball, basketball, and track. Spencer committed to USF way back in April 2011 and joined their 2012 recruiting class.
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Recruiting Rankings: Spencer was a three-star athlete at 247, ESPN, and Rivals. Scout gave him two stars.
Projected Playing Time: After struggling with injuries for most of 2013 and 2014, Jalen finally stayed healthy last year, but still didn't make much of an impact. There could be a lot of reasons why he hasn't been as big a player for USF as he was at Pensacola. It could be the injuries, or trying to learn a new position from some lousy defensive coordinators. (Not many defenders improved under Chris Cosh or Chuck Bresnahan.) Or he could have been passed by when Willie Taggart and his staff came in and USF's recruiting level picked up a notch. Regardless, Spencer will still get some action when opposing offenses go four or five wide, or if injuries become a problem.