Spence Names Top Seven

While he won't call it a final seven, Noah Spence has named his top seven as of right now. The No. 1 ranked defensive end plans on taking all five officials, plus some unofficials, before deciding.

"This is my top seven as of right now, not the finalists," Spence stated prior to naming the seven schools. "My seven are Penn State, Florida, North Carolina, Maryland, USC, North Carolina State and Notre Dame."

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound, top rated pass rush specialist broke down each school and why they are on the list.

Penn State: "PSU is real close to home. I feel like I could do very well as a defensive end in their defense and the position is going to be wide open. I really respect Joe Pa(terno) and L.J. (Larry Johnson) as coaches and as people."

Florida: "I have really built a strong relationship with Coach (Will) Muschamp and (Dan) Quinn. I talk to those all the time about everyday stuff and it isn't always just about football with them. I really like their plans and how they would use me in their defense."

North Carolina: "I visited there and it just felt like it was going to be my school. I have a lot of family down there. I really felt like I fit in well with the coaches and there players. I feel like I could play very early there. I'll still have to work, but there is an opportunity for me. The academics are outstanding there and their facilities are second-to-none."

Maryland: "Coach (Greg) Gattuso was the first coach to offer me when I was in ninth grade and he was at Pittsburgh. I have liked him ever since then. I really respect him and Coach (Randy) Edsall. I think I fit in well with their defense. It feels like home down there when I am there. My best friend (Brock Dean) committed there as well."

USC: "They have tradition and their coaches came to my school more than any other team and they are the furthest away. That showed me that they are serious and they really want me. it is far from home, but their coaches make me feel like it is home."

N.C. State: "My whole family went there, including my dad. It would be nice to be close to my family and there is such a good family atmosphere down there. I feel good about where I could fit in with their defense and I have a lot of respect for their coaches."

Notre Dame: "They have a lot of tradition at Notre Dame. It is a very prestigious school and it is a catholic school, so coming from a catholic high school it really wouldn't be a big change for me. I grew up watching them a lot of television. I like the academics there and they also have a nice, family atmosphere."

Spence has a top seven now, but he is in no hurry to make a decision.

"I plan on taking all of my official visits," Spence stated. I may even take official visits to schools that aren't in my top seven right now. I plan on taking in some games and maybe a few more unofficial visits also. I committed to play in the Under-Armour All-American Bowl, so I am going to announce my decision there."

Spence is one of the most humble and soft-spoken five-star players you'll ever meet, the talented youngster is taking the process in stride.

"It is a little stressful with all the talking to coaches and media," replied Spence. "But, it is such a blessing to be able to do this. not everyone gets this opportunity. i just try to take it in stride and I try to stay humble."

With the abundance of social media and fans being as close to the game and recruiting as they have ever been before, Spence finds it hard to just be an everyday teenage kid.

"It is crazy, it's like everyday on Facebook and everywhere I go if people notice me they all have an opinion where I should go to school," Spence explained. "I see people out and they always ask me where I am going to school and they are always quick to give me their opinion."

Spence and his Bishop McDevitt Crusaders will open the season on Sunday, September 4 at Gateway in the Gateway Kick-Off Classic versus the hometown Gateway Gators. The game will be nationally televised, details are still being worked out.

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