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Penn State Impresses Spence Family
Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt five-star defensive end Noah Spence visited Penn State today and Scout.com spoke his father Greg Spence to get a feel for what he thought of one of his sons top seven schools. "It was a fantastic trip," Greg Spence said. "Penn State is a wonderful program. The coaches are great and it just felt good to be there. The players are very enthusiastic and there is a good vibe there right now." If Noah Spence were to choose Penn State he would come up under the watchful eye of defensive line coach Larry Johnson and Greg is perfectly fine with that. "I am a firm believer that Larry Johnson is the best defensive line coach in the country right now," he said. "You can tell he cares about the kids as people, not just as a football player. It's just a good situation up there right now." While the Spence family was on campus the Nittany Lions were enjoying some success with three highly touted recruits committing. "There is an energy up there right now that is really good," stated Spence. "It's even better now than it was this summer. Coach Paterno is there and he is into it and fired up. The team is grinding and they just seem to be going in the right direction." As a parent, Greg Spence has certain things he is looking for in each school as it pertains to his son. "The number one thing would be the academic support and the emphasis on academics," Spence said. "That has never been in question at Penn State. They make it so you almost can't fail, as long as you put in the work that you need to. "The second thing is the coaches and how they relate with the players," Spence continued. "Larry Johnson is not just about X's and O's, he is a man of character, He has a lot of the same traits that I try to show my son spiritually and that academics matter. You're handing your son over to another man for a period of his life. That man is going to have to guide your child, so you want to make sure that he has similar values as you do. The campus is nice. I like the community and the drive on Route 322 is nice and scenic." There are no more unofficial visits planned for the Spence family. "No more trips for us until after the season," explained Spence. "Our home games are on Saturday's, so it would be tough to take official visits. When they play away we may be able to take them. He is going to announce at the Under-Armour game in January." Spence has visited all of the schools in his top seven, except Florida, USC and Notre Dame.
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