Spence Has Excellent Visit

North Carolina hosted the top defensive end in the nation on Friday – Noah Spence.

"I'm actually from Raleigh and still have a lot of family here," Spence's father, Greg, said. "We were coming down for summer vacation anyhow. While we were here, we wanted to check out two of the best schools in the state – UNC and NC State."

The visit was Spence's first to UNC. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder from Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt was accompanied by both his parents.

"It went excellently," Spence's father said. "We were very, very happy with the campus – it's fantastic. The facilities are beautiful. The coaching staff spent quality time with Noah [and] went over how they see him being utilized if he was to become a Tar Heel. We discussed the academics, including the academic support system at North Carolina, as well as the outstanding graduation rate that they have this past year – they were 17-of-17. We took a look at the depth chart [and] the weight room. The visit went very, very well."

During his stay, Spence spent the most time with Joe Robinson, UNC's defensive line coach.

"He talked about how it was going to be a great opportunity there," Spence's father said. "They're into developing their players with the fundamentals. And [Robinson discussed] how he'd be utilized in their defensive schemes."

Spence wasn't able to spend time with Butch Davis, who was out of the country.

Following the visit, Spence is "very interested" in UNC, according to his father.

"He's going to cut his list down to seven [schools] during the first or second week of August," Spence's father said. "I wouldn't be surprised if North Carolina was part of that seven. But that would be up to him – he'll let us know. But I do know he was very happy [and] very impressed with the visit and the institution."

After finalizing his seven schools, Spence will determine which schools will receive official visits.

"Our home games are on Saturdays," Spence's father said. "I think we have five away games that will be Friday evenings. He'll have to head out early Saturday morning for his officials."

Spence will then announce his collegiate destination at the Under Armour All-American Game in early January.

Although his father says Spence himself will determine what factors will play the greatest role in his recruitment, he believes academic reputation, academic support, the feel at the school, and the relationship with the coaching staff will be atop Spence's list.

What won't play a role in Spence's decision, according to his father, are the family connections with NC State. His father played linebacker for the Wolfpack, he has four aunts and uncles that are NC State alums, and he currently has a cousin enrolled at the school.

"We love NC State," Spence's father said. "NC State will always be a part of us. But, everybody is different. Every situation is different. Noah has to do what's best for him and find what's the best fit for him and his goals. We'll all still love him the same no matter where he goes."

On Saturday, Spence visited NC State. He has also visited Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, and Rutgers. According to his father, Spence doesn't have any other visits planned before he cuts his list down to seven schools.

UNC first entered the race for Spence – along with 45 other schools that have offered him – during the Spring Evaluation Period when Robinson visited Bishop McDevitt.

"[Robinson] had a chance to watch Noah work out and train," Spence's father said. "[He's] a very nice man – [we're] very impressed with Coach Joe-Rob."

Between Robinson's evaluation trip and Spence's Friday visit, Robinson has had several conversations with the Spences. Also, both Spence and his father have had a phone conversation with Davis.

"The conversation [with Davis] went very well," Spence's father said. "We look forward to finding out more about the University of [North Carolina at] Chapel Hill."

Spence, a five-star prospect, collected 101 tackles, including 34 for a loss and 22 sacks, plus nine forced fumbles during his junior season.

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