Spencer Ready For Changes

When Evan Spencer committed to Ohio State last summer, he envisioned Jim Tressel as his head coach and Darrell Hazell as his position coach. With both of them no longer with the program, the legacy recruit shared his thoughts with BSB.

To say that things will be a little bit different than Evan Spencer expected when he committed to Ohio State might be an understatement. An incoming freshman, the wide receiver from Vernon Hills, Ill., will start his collegiate career in two weeks as the class of 2011 reports to campus for summer courses and workouts.

Almost exactly one year ago, Spencer issued his verbal pledge to the program. He did so by calling head coach Jim Tressel and giving him the news, earning himself the right to suit up for position coach Darrell Hazell. Now, when Spencer arrives in Columbus, he will be taught by a new position coach as well as a new head coach after Tressel resigned and Hazell took the head position at Kent State.

Wednesday night, Spencer told BSB that the situation was not double tough for him.

"Me and the new wide receivers coach, (Stan Drayton), we got together and sat down and talked so that's not really a problem for me," he said.

Since Tressel resigned from his post Monday, Spencer said he has not doubted his decision to join the program. Although the coach was a big part of Spencer's reason for picking OSU, the wideout said he was not the only reason.

Adding to the situation is the fact that Spencer's father, Tim, played for the Buckeyes and was an assistant coach in the program as well.

"(Tressel) was important because my dad coached with him before and I knew him personally," the wideout said. "We'd have family dinners and he would be there. He influenced my decision but he wasn't the sole reason I went there. There were multiple other reasons why I decided to choose Ohio State."

On National Signing Day, Drayton said he was excited to land a player with Spencer's pedigree. Scout.com lists him as a four-star prospect and the nation's No. 19 wide receiver prospect.

"(We're hoping) those bloodlines travel through him thick," the coach said. "His long arms will definitely create some separation on defenders. He does a great job of positioning his body against defenders."

As for the relationship he has been able to build with Drayton, Spencer said, "I've talked to him and he seems like a really cool guy. I'm definitely looking forward to knowing him better and looking forward to getting to work for him. He seems like an awesome coach. He expects a lot out of his players and gives his players so much respect. I just can't wait to get to work for him."

Spencer said his family is also close with Fickell, adding that he is excited for his chance to play for the team's interim coach. The wideout said he was asleep when his father woke him with the news that Tressel had stepped down.

Since then, the incoming freshman said he has spoken to nearly the entire 2011 recruiting class to discuss the situation awaiting them upon their arrival in Columbus.

"Everybody I've talked to has really stuck together," he said. "I know that all of us that are in the 2011 class, we're pretty close right now as it is and it's only going to get closer. Everybody I've talked to, which is pretty much everybody, said that."

Until Spencer arrives, the 6-3, 205-pound athlete said he is continuing to train at home. The OSU coaches have not outlined much in the way of what to expect, he said, and Spencer said he has not been burning up their phone lines.

"I know that I need to be in shape so I've been running and working out and stuff," he said. "I know they've got a lot on their plates, especially right now, so I'm not really bugging them too badly."


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