"I'm very interested in Northwestern," Spence said. "It has great academics, a great football program and dedicated coaches."
It's a description that fits Spence's ideal portrait of an academically rigorous program with a competitive football environment. Yet the 2014 quarterback from De La Salle (IL) high school has made no indication of where his preferences lie. After an impressive sophomore season, including a four-touchdown, 270-yard performance against St. Ignatius, Spence is rapidly emerging as one of the state's top qb prospects. And multiple powerhouse BCS programs—from Florida State, to Wisconsin to Ohio State—are taking notice.
While a decision remains far-off, Spence has already taken several visits, including Notre Dame, Florida State and Wisconsin. Earlier this summer, he intended to meet coach Pat Fitzgerald and several other recruits at a barbeque, but couldn't attend because of a team work-out.
It's unclear where NU ranks among Spence's long list of suitors, but he did offer a nugget of encouragement for those hoping to see Spence—a hyper-explosive, multitalented dual-threat signal-caller—take his talents to Evanston.