When Spencer Kleinrichert took his first unofficial visit to William & Mary this past summer, the DeMatha senior said he was drawn in by the family atmosphere presented at the Williamsburg campus. And when Kleinrichert returned to DeMatha, he found another solid example of what the William & Mary family is capable of producing in Stags Coach Elijah Brooks.

DeMatha senior LB Spencer Kleinrichert committed to play football at William & Mary on Thursday (Photo by Doug Kapustin /The Washington Post). DeMatha senior LB Spencer Kleinrichert committed to play football at William & Mary on Thursday (Photo by Doug Kapustin /The Washington Post).

On Thursday, Kleinrichert decided to commit to the Tribe, becoming the second DeMatha linebacker to announce his college choice this week. Ja’Whuan Bentley committed to Purdue this past Saturday.

“The school offers a great education with some good football, so it’s the best of both worlds,” Kleinrichert said. “They care about you as a person and they make sure your future is in order. I’m excited.”

In three years as a starter for DeMatha, Kleinrichert has evolved into a versatile player who shined at linebacker, defensive lineman and tight end with his strong tackling ability and sound catching and blocking skills.

This fall, he led the Stags with 10 sacks and helped push them to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title. Along the way, Kleinrichert picked up offers from Maryland, Bucknell and Buffalo and garnered strong interest from Harvard and Princeton.

“They plan on using me at outside linebacker,” Kleinrichert said. “I feel like I can bring a high intensity and a physical presence to the field.”

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