Five-Star Junior Likes the Pack Early

NC State boasts family ties to five-star junior defensive end Noah Spence. Pack Pride has the lowdown on the early stages of his recruitment.

Pennsylvania  defensive end Noah Spence has already achieved five-star status according to, and before too long he will be visiting the NC State campus.

The Wolfpack will receive a very close look from the 6-4, 240-pound defensive end from Harrisburg (PA) Bishop McDevitt, due in large part to the fact that his father played his college ball at NC State.

The coaches have also done a good job of recruiting him so far and Spence is already excited about taking a visit to the school after the season.

"I don't have any favorites right now but I like NC State a lot," Spence said. "I like the coaching staff and how they play defense. I like everything like that, plus it's a nice school.

"I went on a visit there back in June and I got to speak with all the coaches, and their running backs coach who recruits this area. I speak to him sometimes. My family is planning on going back there right after the season. We've got some family in Raleigh so we're going to visit them and we'll go to the school too."

How big of a factor will his family ties to NC State and the Raleigh area be when it comes time for him to make a decision?

"It's nice but it won't be the biggest factor (in determining) where I go to school at. I need to like the defense and a lot more things than just having family there."

Spence said he probably won't be visiting any schools until after his junior season is over. In addition to NC State he also wants to get out to a few more schools.

"I've been in contact with Florida, Penn State, Pitt, Northwestern, Michigan, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Alabama and a whole bunch of schools," he explained.

"I'm gonna try to get down to Florida and to Penn State of course, and Pitt. I might take a ride out to Notre Dame too. I'm just keeping my options open because I want to see how all these schools treat me and what they're like."

The five-star prospect said he has not been able to watch much college football this season but his father keeps him up to date on how different schools around the country are doing on a weekly basis. Spence has primarily been concerned with his own season.

"The season's going pretty good," Spence said. "We're 4-2 but I think these last two games we're showing we'll be like the old McDevitt. We're more focused. We've got such a young team, we just needed to learn how to play with each other. Now that we've figured out how to do that we're doing real well."

Spence has been lining up at defensive end and tight end. On the season he already has 11.5 sacks.

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