Momma Spence Knows Best

Most college coaches will tell that if you win over mom, you will usually get the kid. Urban Meyer won over Helen Spence before she had ever met the new Head Coach at Ohio State.

Ohio State landed the most prized recruit in the state of Pennsylvania on Sunday, as Bishop McDevitt five-star defensive end Noah Spence decided on his official visit that he wanted to be a Buckeye. spoke in-depth with Greg and Helen Spence about their sons decision and the role they played in it.

"We feel very blessed today that we finally found a school that transcends our values of faith and family first," Helen Spence said. "That's what we were looking for and we found with Ohio State."

Helen Spence knew in late November that Urban Meyer was the man to lead her son into the next chapter of his football career, before she ever met him.

"My sister and I were praying on Thanksgiving that God would show us a sign of where was the best place to send Noah," Explained Helen. "One morning, I woke up at 3:00 a.m. and ESPN was on and I saw this man speaking at an Ohio State podium and I saw Noah's name scroll across the bottom of the screen. I don't know football, so I had no idea who the man even was.

"The next morning I asked my husband who was this man and he said that is Urban Meyer," She continued. "I thought Lord that was my sign, so I spoke to my sister and she said that we asked for him to show us a sign and I believe in my heart that this was the sign we were waiting for. There was this man (Urban Meyer), the podium (Ohio State) and my son."

One of the big criteria the Spence's had for picking a school was distance, while they considered a number of schools, it was likely going to be a school that was six hours or less from home.

"We actually got here in less than six hours," she laughed. "It isn't a bad trip at all we just take 76 to 70 and it's a straight shot. I could do it with my eyes closed, so it is even better for me. We left at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday and we got to Ohio State before 1:00 p.m."

Over the past few weeks, the Spence family opened up their home to a number of college football coaches from all over the country. The process can be very taxing, but not necessarily for Helen Spence.

"It was hard, but not as hard as I thought it would be," she stated. "I am very discerning of peoples character. I knew who was for me and if my spirit didn't align with theirs it wouldn't be best for me or my child. I need to feel it and it is easy to feel with the right people. There is a comfort zone with the right people and I knew when I felt it.

"Ohio State was easy, we were all on board," she continued. "Faith and family and putting those first. The people are very warm there. It is like a village, you must build a village around the kids to have them succeed that is very important to me and that is what I felt there."

Academics are very important to the Spence family and they felt Ohio State had a lot to offer their son.

"Noah is actually interested in business and the science of the body like kinesiology," Helen Spence stated. "He would like to potentially have his own business helping people have better bodies. We really liked the academic counselors at Ohio State and the wonderful support that they give the kids."

Greg Spence was very happy with his sons choice.

"Ohio State strongly emphasized family and they make sure the whole team has that feel," he said. "The interaction between the players and the whole institution you can tell is a family. They offer great resources and give you all the tools to do well as a student. The staff was very warm and welcoming and you could tell they have the kids best interest at heart."

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