Noah Spears Talks Texas Tech, SMU Visits caught up with Irving Nimitz linebacker Noah Spears for the scoop on his recent unofficial visits to Texas Tech and SMU.

During a week fraught with bad weather in North Texas, Nimitz (Irving, TX) High School defender Noah Spears managed to take two unofficial visits to the two schools that have offered him.

The inside linebacker recruit visited SMU, who was the first to offer him, on Wednesday and followed that up with a weekend visit in Lubbock.

On his SMU visit: "It was real nice, the campus was nice, and the coaches were cool."

Texas Tech's inside linebackers coach Zac Spavital offered Spears shortly after Spears announced on Twitter he'd be taking a mid-week unofficial to SMU. The offer sped things up for the DFW linebacker, who announced on Twitter that he'd be taking an unofficial visit to Lubbock shortly after the SMU visit.

It was just a trip home on Friday night for Spears, who grew up in Lubbock before moving to the Metroplex in elementary school. Lubbock has changed a lot since Spears was in school there, but he enjoyed his visit.

"I loved it, it was real fun. The coaches were cool, the campus was nice. I liked everything about it. (Lubbock) was different, they actually tore my old elementary school down, it was Murphy, but yeah it's changed a lot."

His mother, a Texas Tech graduate, accompanied Spears on his unofficial.

"When I told her we could go down there she got really excited. She got to meet all the coaches. She said she really wouldn't mind if I got to go back to play for Tech."

The visit itself involved a lot of interaction between the coaches and Spears and his mother. The coaches made it clear that early playing time would be there for Spears if he chose to play for the Red Raiders at the next level.

"We went to the golf course and we had to buy our own meal but we all sat there and talked to the coaches at the table. It was just nice and chill. They were just saying how I'd fit into the defense and how I'd probably have a chance to come in and start. They talked to me about the school and talked about all the stuff Tech had to offer academic-wise. It just seemed like a great place and I knew it was a great place because I'm from there."

This won't be the last unofficial visit for Spears this summer - in a previous story, he mentioned a desire to also unofficially visit TCU, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma. Spears is open to possibly taking another unofficial to Tech or SMU or both later this summer, and plans on attending one of the Texas Tech satellite camps next month. He also plans on officially visiting each school during the season to see what the gameday environment is like at each stadium.

With unofficials in the books for both of the schools that have offered him, does the standout linebacker have a clearer idea of where he wants to go?

"I think it's pretty even right now. Lubbock has sort of an advantage because I'm from there and have family there, but everything's sort of even right now."

The Irving linebacker is sticking with his timeline of wanting to commit towards the end of the summer, before his senior season begins. Spears has offers from Texas Tech and SMU, with interest from Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Kansas, and Missouri.

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