Easily the highlight of Ohio State’s 2012 recruiting class, defensive end Noah Spence will be looking to make his mark as a Buckeye this upcoming season.
The second-ranked DE prospect in the nation, Spence posted a phenomenal junior year with 102 tackles, including 33 tackles for loss and an incredible 22 sacks. And even though his numbers slightly fell in his senior year at Bishop McDevitt H.S., Ohio State’s newest lineman posted 108 sacks, 103 for loss and 12.5 sacks.
In addition to playing defensive end, Spence also lined up as a tight end, hauling in four catches, two of which were for touchdowns.
Known for his incredibly quick first step, Spence displays the ability to get past the strongest O-linemen and get to the quarterback. He’s both an elite pass rusher and solid run-stopper, and also has great size and bulk to make him the perfect defensive end to mold.
As a highly-touted recruit, Spence likely won’t be red-shirted for the 2012-2013 season and could receive solid play time his freshman year. Coach Urban Meyer seemed to be pretty high on him during the recruiting process, so it’ll be interesting to see how he plans to incorporate his star freshman into the lineup.