Signing Day Impact Evan Spencer

Evan Spencer has faxed his letter of intent to Ohio State, and the son of former Buckeye great Tim Spencer, is ready to make his mark in the program. Spencer, a four-star prospect out of Vernon Hills, Illinois, will play wide receiver for the Buckeyes.

How does a four-star recruit fly under the radar at a program like Ohio State? This question becomes tougher to understand when you factor in that the player's father was a superstar for the Buckeyes, but that's exactly the case with Evan Spencer.

Spencer is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound, athlete and he recently finished a fine career at Vernon Hills (ILL), where he was a star on both sides of the football. At Ohio State, Spencer will be coming as a wide receiver, and will have plenty of competition to go against on a daily basis.

Returning at the wide receiver position are players such as DeVier Posey, Philly Brown, Chris Fields, Tyrone Williams, Verlon Reed and James Louis. Ideally, Spencer would probably benefit ffrom a red-shirt year, but his talent might find him on the field.


Spencer's film shows a smooth-running, quick-footed, player, and one who understand how to play the game, befitting the son of a coach. He has not played wide receiver exclusively, and once he can concentrate on one position, he should flourish at Ohio State.

"A quick burst, Spencer is at top speed in a hurry, making him an asset not only as a receiver in running his routes and once he's caught it, but in the return game as well. Makes the extra effort to block downfield on plays underneath. Fearless receiver that will take screen passes across the middle. Skill set suits him well at his cornerback position in which he is a physical presence and an aggressive tackler," - Scott Kennedy,

Spencer on his future:

As the son of former Buckeye Tim Spencer, it had long been speculated that Evan would become a Buckeye, and he spoke of the connection with his family.

"My dad playing there played a part, but this was the best decision for me," Spencer said. "I felt like I fit in there best, and I think I can help them out with my strengths."

Spencer admitted he was impressed by the commitment of super quarterback Braxton Miller to Ohio State earlier this week, but that did not influence his decision.

"I also saw where Braxton Miller had committed on Thursday, and I was glad to see that, even though I had made my decision a few weeks ago," he admitted. "I wanted to wait to make my decision public, to be 100% certain, so I waited until yesterday to call Coach Tressel. I also spoke to (wide receivers coach) Darrell Hazell yesterday, and he was very excited, as well."

"I'm planning on getting to Ohio State's senior camp in a few weeks," he continued. "Coach Tressel said a lot of the commits will be there working out, and it will give me a good chance to meet the guys."

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