Five-star defensive end Noah Spence of Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt has had a hectic spring, hosting coaches from all over the country during the current evaluation period. While he has yet to trim his list of schools, he has begun to put together a timeframe to do so.
"Wow, it has been crazy," said Spence, who is 6-foot-4 and 235-pounds. "It's a lot of stress, but it is all a blessing in the end. It feels real good to have this many options. Once again, it's a blessing and it feels good to be wanted."
With offers from top national programs like Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Miami, Ohio State, Nebraska, Penn State, USC, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech, Spence was asked which schools have been the most persistent with their efforts.
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"I'd say Florida, Alabama, Maryland, Penn State, Nebraska, Virginia Tech and Georgia," said Spence, whose most recent visits were to Penn State and Maryland.
No further trips are confirmed at this point, but he is leaving the window open for the possibility of a couple more during the summer. And while he has already confirmed that he will make his final decision at the Army All-American game in January, he now has also begun to think about trimming his list of top schools.
"Yes, I plan to do that this summer, around August," said Spence. "I plan to get it down to seven schools."
Spence mentioned that the two most important factors for him when he is trimming his list will be early playing time and a family atmosphere.