Checking in With 2012 Offeree Noah Spence

Rutgers offered Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.) defensive end Noah Spence months ago, and since then his recruitment picked up greatly as he the class of 2012 standout is up to 14 offers. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Spence spoke to about his recruitment, and whether Rutgers is staying in contact with him. Also, he talked about whether position will play a role in his decision.

Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.) defensive end Noah Spence isn't feeling any pressure in the early part of his recruiting process, but he acknowledges the already high level of interest will only intensify following his junior season.

Spence, one of the region's top class of 2012 players, already holds 14 verbal offers, including one from Rutgers. He visited the Scarlet Knights in the spring, and continues to hold them in high regard.

"I think it's a nice college," the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Spence said. "I visited there before. I like the coaching staff. It's a family atmosphere there. I Facebook occasionally with them and they've come to my school."

Schools are recruiting Spence to play either defensive end of linebacker, and at this early juncture he sees himself fitting into a hybrid role because of his ability to rush the quarterback and also drop into coverage.

He made 55 tackles and had eight sacks as a sophomore.

"Most of them like me as a defensive end, but some of them like me as an outside linebacker," Spence said. "I like d-end, but I wouldn't (eliminate) a college because they wanted me to play outside linebacker. I could play that, too."

With so many verbal offers already on his plate, Spence did not need to hit the summer camp circuit to showcase his skills for schools. However, he did visit Penn State and Pittsburgh, both of which offered verbally, to get a better feel for those schools.

"They were great, actually," Spence said. "I spoke to both of the coaching staffs, and I felt like I could fit in good at both schools. You get a tour of the campus, sometimes you get to meet players if they're around.

"You get tours of the weight room, of the locker room facilities and everything, and learn different things you'll be going through as a student there."

If Spence has any questions or concerns in his recruitment, he can rely on heavily recruited teammates to help guide him through the sometimes confusing and high-pressure process.

However, right now Spence is taking a low-key approach, and added he will begin getting more involved in the process after his junior season.

"It's really enjoyable," he said. "I take it in stride. Plus, I'm blessed to have it."

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