In season one of All American, Spencer James was a rising high school football player and A student at South Crenshaw High. Compton was the place he calls home. But when Beverly High School’s football coach Billy Baker recruited him to join his team in Beverly Hills, Spencer’s mother, Grace, and his best friend, Coop, convinced Spencer it was an opportunity to seize.
Spencer navigated two worlds, the south side neighborhood that he knows and the affluent Beverly Hills world that offered him an opportunity for something bigger. Spencer moved in with Billy and his family and Billy’s son, Jordan (the team’s starting quarterback), was less than thrilled to be sharing his father’s attention — or the team spotlight — with Spencer. While Spencer struggled to find his footing, he made an unlikely friend in Jordan’s sister, Olivia, who has her own demons.
He also developed a crush on his classmate, Layla. Season two of All American found Spencer a football State Champion with a tough decision to make. He had to choose between staying in Beverly Hills and playing for Coach Billy Baker or moving back home to South LA and reuniting with his mother, Grace, and brother, Dillon, and playing for his father, Corey — the new head coach for the South Crenshaw Chargers. This wasn’t an easy decision to make because it went beyond football. Beverly Hills no longer represented Spencer’s shot out of the hood. His friends are there, including his antagonist-turned-ally, Asher, his girlfriend Layla, and most importantly, his second family — the Bakers. When Spencer’s life was thrown an unexpected curveball, the fallout affected everyone he holds dear, including his best
friend, Coop who’s was trying to take control of her life by stepping back from gangs and pursuing her musical dreams. It’s been a long journey in just a short period of time for gifted high school football star Spencer, from his days as the breakout player at South Crenshaw High to becoming state champion with Beverly Hills High. His family life, personal relationships and athletic future all changed and grew in ways he never imagined. But after the rough year that followed that victory, Spencer made the tough decision to return to South
Crenshaw High for his senior year with Billy Baker by his side as the new head coach. Together, their plan is to bring home a football championship to save the school. However, in season 3 that may prove difficult as the high stakes of the Beverly/Crenshaw rivalry become very personal now that it’s friend versus friend and father versus son. Furthermore, the medical mystery surrounding Spencer’s injured arm will not only significantly affect his game on the field, but also his relationships off the field, as they all try to navigate a very complicated, secret-filled senior year at both Beverly and South
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