Spencer Is Open

Evan Spencer from Vernon Hills High School (Ill.) is one of the top wide receivers in the country and he's also one of Notre Dame's targets for the 2011 recruiting class. Spencer made a visit to Notre Dame last fall and he plans on returning to South Bend in a couple weeks.

Evan Spencer (6-foot-1, 185-pounds) took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame last fall for the USC game, but that was when Charlie Weis was the Irish head coach. Now that Brian Kelly is charge, Spencer is planning on heading back to South Bend to learn more about the football program and the new coaching staff.

"That was the first time I was there," Spencer said. "I've been talking to coach Martin and we've talked about going to the March 20 junior day. So far, that's the only visit I know that we'll be taking anytime soon.

"I watched coach Kelly all last year, and I liked what he did at Cincinnati. He's definitely going to help out the Notre Dame program and I'm excited to see what he's going to do this season with that program. As far as Notre Dame football and the football program, I know it's a historic football school and the history is unreal there. They have top-rate facilities and top-rate academics."

Spencer already has scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Purdue, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Illinois, but his offer from Ohio State is the one most expect him to ultimately accept. The Ohio State offer could be the reason Evan doesn't have a more schools pursuing him.

"My dad and I talked about it and we think that it's ridiculous if some schools don't come after me because my parents went to Ohio State. If that's the case, then that's obviously a school that's not the right place for me anyways.

"I'm extremely open," Spencer explained. "I know the coaches at Ohio State and they're all good guys, but just because my dad played there and coached there and I have Buckeye stuff all over my house doesn't meant that I'm going to put them over anybody else. I'm definitely looking at other schools, and I'm very open to everyone.

"I'm just sitting back and seeing who offers me right now, that way I'll know who's truly interested in me. I'm just trying to see how things are going, and I'm trying to have a laidback mindset towards the whole thing. I think that's the best thing for me. I don't want to be overly aggressive, I just want to sit back and let my play speak for itself and let recruiting take care of itself.

"I'm not really sure when I'm going to make my decision. I'm going to look at the offers that I have and see where I fit best. Whenever I reach that decision and say to myself, ‘I feel the best here', that's when I'll make my decision. I'm not going to say that I'm going to announce on January 2, or something like that just to make a big deal out it."

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