The Final East Top 100
Noah Spence
Noah Spence
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jan 25, 2012
Bob Lichtenfels


Can Bishop McDevitt defensive end Noah Spence maintain his No. 1 spot wire to wire?

Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt defensive end Noah Spence started the season as the top prospect in the East Region and he maintained that position in the end.

Spence was one of the biggest recruiting stories of the year. The five-star seemed like the biggest lock there was to Penn State.  But he changed his mind late and committed to Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

We have been touting Spence since his freshmen season and he has only gotten better, but he is not alone as an elite prospect in the region.

This season, we have seen three other players besides Spence, who in any given year could easily be the region's top prospect.

Joining Spence out of Pennsylvania is Hopewell running back Rushel Shell. The Pittsburgh commitment received serious consideration for the nation's top spot at running back.

Olney (Md.) Good Counsel wide receiver Stefon Diggs is one of the top play makers in the country. He has drawn comparisons to Percy Harvin and DeSean Jackson.

Oxon Hill (Md.) Potomac cornerback Ronald Darby is the nation's top rated player at his position, so he obviously has to be considered for the top spot in the region.  Any other year, Darby could be the best in the region, but not this year.

Overall, the dearth of talent in the region was found in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

2012 East 100

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