December 20, 2011

Spence staying put

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As news broke of the NCAA ruling that Ohio State would be banned from participating in a bowl game in the 2012 season, the attention of Buckeye fans nation-wide immediately turned towards how the ruling would affect the recruiting efforts put forth by Urban Meyer over the last few weeks. Meyer's biggest catch to date has been five-star Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt defensive end Noah Spence. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound prospect is the No. 9 ranked player in the nation by and has been a Buckeye for just two days. According to his Father, Greg Spence, he will remain a Buckeye for the very long term.

"I spoke to Noah about it and he said he's totally committed to The Ohio State University," said Spence. "At this point, he looks at Urban Meyer as part of his family and he's committed to Ohio State not just for the next four years, but for the next forty years. He's looking forward to getting a valuable education. He's committed to the university."

Spence added that his son's feelings about Ohio State during his official visit this past weekend were very strong and would keep him in the fold.

"He had that certain feeling in his stomach, in his gut, about Ohio State when he was on his visit," Spence added. "He feels great about his commitment and he's looking forward to the future."

Spence is one of the crown jewels of an Ohio State class that currently ranks No. 6 in the nation according to


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