March 19, 2011

Spence checks out Happy Valley again

Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt defensive end Noah Spence is one of the most sought after recruits in the nation.

Not only does he have more than 25 offers from some of the top schools in the nation, but Spence also was just named one of the first five-stars by Rivals.com.

"It's real exciting. When I was younger, I used to look at that all the time and I really wanted to be part of it," said Spence, referring to five-star status. "Now that I got five-stars, I still have a lot of work to do, but I'm excited."

The 6-foot-3, 245 pound end is one of the quickest off the edge rushers in the nation, recording 22 sacks in 16 games for the Crusaders. So how was Spence's third unofficial visit to Penn State?

"It was really nice to stay up there for a while," said Spence. "I talked to all the coaches, I talked to Joe Pa, he was real cool. I went to their practice and everything was great, it was real intense for a spring practice, I liked that. I saw that they are working real hard, trying to do big things this year."

Penn State assistant coach Larry Johnson is in-charge of Spence's recruitment. The two already have a great relationship, with Spence adding that their relationship grew even stronger today.

"I know that he is a great coach and everyone that talks about coach Johnson talks about how great he is," said Spence. "He really does care about his players and is always trying to get them to the next level. I already knew that stuff, but he built on that a little bit today. He's a real good coach, a real good person."

Spence also had the opportunity to speak with a few players that currently play for coach Johnson.

"I talked to a lot of players, Brandon Ware, Jack Crawford, a couple other people," said Spence, adding that he also spoke with DT Jordan Hill. "They just talked about how it is living there and everything like that. What its like during the whole transfer from high school to college, stuff like that."

Spence came to Happy Valley with his father and high school teammate, Brock Dean. So what did Dean think about Penn State?

"I think he liked it a lot," Spence said. "On the way back home, he talked about how much he liked Penn State and stuff like that."

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