Noah Spence talks top five

Five-star defensive end Noah Spence (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) maintained that he would not be dealing with recruiting much during his senior season. The day immediately after his high school career, though, he will get right back into recruiting.

Spence, ranked No. 4 in the ESPNU 150, will play for a state title with his McDevitt teammates Friday. On Saturday, he will officially visit Ohio State, which has rocketed up his leaderboard thanks to new Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer.

“He’s a great guy,” Spence said. “I feel like he wants to win and I want that, too. I feel I’ll get a lot of playing time if I work hard and come out and be focused, so it sounds like a good place.”

That is the only visit Spence has set up before his Jan. 5 announcement at the Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., but he said he might take one to Florida while in the state for the game.

Penn State, the favorite to land Spence before the child sex-abuse scandal broke in early November, is still competing for Spence’s services. Nittany Lions assistant Larry Johnson checked out Spence’s game this past weekend.

“It’s a great school,” Spence said of Penn State. “It’s always going to be a great program. I just wish the best for them and I’m going to keep them on the list.”

Maryland and LSU are the two other teams in Spence’s top five.