Bentley Spain was sitting in class when he received a text message Wednesday saying he had been invited to compete in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Top 100 prospect Bentley Spain currently has a top six.
"I had to contain myself," he said.
For Spain, a 6-feet-6, 293-pound offensive tackle from Charlotte (N.C.) Providence and the No. 100 overall prospect in the 247Composite, the invitation came three days after he had a dominant showing at Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp in Charlotte.
"Obviously, it's extremely exciting," Spain said. "It's definitely a true honor.."
Spain, a starter since the ninth grade, missed all but one game as a junior because of a knee injury. Since the injury, he has worked hard to reshape his body. He shed some fat, and added some muscle and the results are noticeable.
"I'd say I've added a good 10 to 15 pounds since I was injured," Spain said. "When I had my injury, I lost leg mass quickly. I got down to like 270 pounds in a couple weeks. I've been able to get that back up. I definitely feel like I'm in better shape."
Sitting out most of 2012 wasn't easy.
"It was really, really hard," Spain said. "We lost six of those games and the losses kill you because you're not out there with your team."
Spain recently decided to not do interviews about his recruitment because they were becoming extremely time-consuming.
However, he said Wednesday he has a top six right now (in no order) or LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Stanford and Virginia.
"I can say that a decision could be coming any time up through the summer," Spain said. "I want to try to get it done by the season. That's kind of my timetable. But if I'm not ready, I won't do it."
Asked when and where his next visit would be, Spain replied, "That's something I'd like to remain quiet."