Spence Talks Notre Dame, Decision Time Frame

Bishop McDevitt High (Harrisburg, Pa.) standout Noah Spence, who is Scout.com's top-rated defensive end in the 2012 class, spoke to IrishEyes.com to update his recruitment, talk about Notre Dame's interest, and vice versa, and when he plans on trimming his list and making an announcement.

Some of the schools are melding together, as are the coaches who talk to Scout.com's top-rated defensive end in the 2012 class.

However, Bishop McDevitt High (Harrisburg, Pa.) standout Noah Spence said he has developed a solid relationship with Notre Dame assistant Charley Molnar.

"He's a good guy," the 6-foot-3½, 235-pound Spence said. "He's real down to earth and he tells you how you would play at the school, and where you would fit in."

And where Spence would fit into the Irish defense is on the edge of the line.

While some of the dozens upon dozens of schools recruiting Spence talk about playing him at linebacker, especially in a 3-4 defense, he said the Irish want him as a defensive end.

He also said his contact with the Irish is consistent.

"They're talking to me a lot, just like everybody else," he said. "I have not been out to the campus, but I know about them."

Whether Spence makes that visit to Notre Dame is uncertain, he said, and whether he does will indicate his interest in the Irish.

He said his recruiting "is getting to be a lot" and he was surprised "how much people will do, talk to you," and the time the recruiting process takes.

Of course, that's what happens as a five-star recruit at one of the toughest positions to recruit, and Spence's junior season showed the type of size, athleticism and production that makes the nation's top schools salivate.

Spence made 101 tackles, including 22 sacks and 34 tackles for loss, and forced nine fumbles. He accepted an invitation to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bame Jan. 7, 2012, in San Antonio, Texas, but he is has not started to trim his list.

"It's still a little early for that," Spence said. "I'm trying to cut things down by the end of the summer. I'll take my visits and then make my decision at the U.S. Army All-American game."

Spence said he was not ready to name any schools that would definitely receive an official visit from him.

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