No Difference in the Eyes of Spence

The last time De La Salle (Ill.) sophomore quarterback Shelby Spence was on campus, Paul Chryst was his recruiting contact. With that being said, Spence came up to Wisconsin Saturday to get the new vibe from the new-look Wisconsin staff, and came away just as impressed.

MADISON – From a personnel standpoint, the University of Wisconsin has gone through a drastic change the last time De La Salle (Ill.) sophomore quarterback Shelby Spence was on campus.

Making his first visit to Wisconsin for the Penn State game, Spence got to speak with offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, his recruiting contact, and recruiting coordinator Joe Rudolph. Now with those two coaches, as well as four others, having moved on, Spence was curious how much different the offense would look on his next visit to campus.

On Saturday, Spence got his answer: not much different at all.

"The offense looks pretty similar," Spence told Badger Nation. "Coach Canada was really enthusiastic about being at practice and getting things done the right way. It's a very similar system that they are running, so that excites me. I was trying to pay attention and pick out all the similarities."

Spence - 6-1, 193 pounds – was one of many unofficial visitors on campus Saturday to watch Wisconsin's second spring practice and came away impressed with how the Badgers are attacking things despite the season being more than five months away.

"Watching them preparing for the upcoming season, it was good to see them work and laying the foundation for the season," said Spence. "It was also nice to meet the new staff, especially on the offensive side of the ball does things."

Spence is now being recruited by new offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Matt Canada and was also able to speak to head coach Bret Bielema, who invited Spence up for a return visit over the summer.

"They want me to come up to summer and get to camp," said Spence. "I am for sure going to come to camp so they have a good chance to evaluate me. They said that's more important than watching film."

In addition to Wisconsin, Spence is likely to camp at Duke, Notre Dame, Northwestern and possibly Illinois. Spence is also planning on visiting Northwestern, Notre Dame and Miami for spring practices.

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