5-star DE Spence Talks Irish, Recruiting

MONROEVILLE, Pa. -- The attention five-star defensive end Noah Spence is receiving on the field from opponents is mirrored by the attention he is getting from recruiters. Scout.com's No. 1 defensive end in the nation spoke to IrishEyes.com about his Notre Dame interest, potential visits and much more.

MONROEVILLE, Pa. – The first day college coaches could call the nation's No. 1 defensive end prospect, Noah Spence's phone was inundated with calls, including ones from the Notre Dame staff.

And while recruiting is taking a back seat for the 6-foot-3, 240-pound Spence, a five-star defensive end for Bishop McDevitt High (Harrisburg, Pa.), he has an affinity for the Irish.

He said the Irish are an interesting option because of their 3-4 defense, and how he could fit in as a linebacker.

"I like the academics a lot there," Spence said. "Everything at Notre Dame …if I go to linebacker, I can rush a lot. It seems like a good fit for me."

Spence said any and all official visits will come after the season, he isn't concerned with trimming his list beyond the seven schools on it, and talking to recruiters isn't a priority.

"I'm just worried about the season," said five-star Spence, whom college coaches began calling Thursday. "I didn't answer. I was watching film. My voicemail was full."

Spence continues to list Penn State, Florida, North Carolina, Maryland, USC, North Carolina State and Notre Dame as his schools of interest, and Sunday at Gateway Central he showed why he is one of the most coveted players in the region.

Spence was constantly double-teamed, and at times faced triple teams in passing situations, and still impacted his game with his speed off the edge and high motor as he consistently got involved in plays on the other side of the line of scrimmage.

"I had about four people on me when they were passing," Spence said. "You just have to work hard, work hard on your moves, and try your best to get to the quarterback."

Spence finished with nine tackles, including on for loss.

"They ran the ball and only passed about five times." Spence said. "We thought everything was going to be to the outside, and spread everybody out, and they ran everything in the middle.

"We wanted this game a lot. We want every game, but we'll (learn) from this one and we'll come back next week harder."

The constant attention on the field is something Spence felt last season, but not to the degree Gateway Central used in trying to slow him down. It is also motivating him.

"I have to try my best to make every play," Spence said. "They're going to game plan against me, but I'm going to try my best."

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