Signing Day Impact: Noah Spence

The nation's top-ranked defensive end has faxed his letter of intent to Ohio State, and Noah Spence is set to begin his Buckeye career. Spence is one of three highly-rated defensive ends the Buckeye are bringing in for the 2012 recruiting class.

Five-star defensive end Noah Spence is set to begin his career at Ohio State, and he has sent his letter of intent back to the Buckeyes.

Spence, 6-foot-3, 240-pounds, brings much needed speed off the edge to Ohio State, and he will have every opportunity to crack the two-deep in 2012.


After seeing Spence in action four straight days at Under Armour practices, the speed off the ball is amazing. He comes around the corner so low, that offensive tackles can't get to him quickly, and by then he's gone. He will need to add weight and strength, but he has the frame that will hold it. For Buckeye fans, a comparison to Will Smith would be accurate.

"Spence is the best pure pass rusher to play in the state in a long time. He has a long wing span and uses his hands well. He is well versed in a number of pass rush moves. He gets a good up-field push and always seems to be a disruptive force in the backfield. Spence is not just a pass rusher, he is an athlete and is outstanding in pursuit from sideline to sideline." Bob Lichtenfels/


"I am committed to Ohio State and I just decided to do it before the Under-Armour game," Noah Spence stated. "We went into Urban Meyer's office and I said Coach I am done and I want to be a part of the Buckeye Nation. I'd still like to announce on TV where I am going, but I didn't want to wait anymore."

Of course, Coach Meyer was excited upon hearing the news that he had just landed the best defensive end in the nation.

"He jumped up and called everyone into his office and everyone started hugging me," Spence said of Meyer's reaction. "He then had to call his wife and she congratulated me and welcomed me to the family. She sounded as happy as he was. Everyone just went wild."

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