Ohio State had added the 13th member to its 2011 recruiting class, with the decision of Vernon Hills (ILL) wide receiver Evan Spencer to become a Buckeye.
Spencer, 6-foot-1, 185-pounds, notified Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel of his decision Friday afternoon, in a telephone call.
"It's true, I have committed to Ohio State," Evan Spencer stated minutes ago. "I spoke to Coach Tressel yesterday and told him I wanted to commit. He was pretty excited to hear the news."
As the son of former Buckeye Tim Spencer, it had long been speculated that Evan would become a Buckeye, and he spoke of the connection with his family.
"My dad playing there played a part, but this was the best decision for me," Spencer said. "I felt like I fit in there best, and I think I can help them out with my strengths."
Spencer admitted he was impressed by the commitment of super quarterback Braxton Miller to Ohio State earlier this week, but that did not influence his decision.
"I also saw where Braxton Miller had committed on Thursday, and I was glad to see that, even though I had made my decision a few weeks ago," he admitted. "I wanted to wait to make my decision public, to be 100% certain, so I waited until yesterday to call Coach Tressel. I also spoke to (wide receivers coach) Darrell Hazell yesterday, and he was very excited, as well."
"I'm planning on getting to Ohio State's senior camp in a few weeks," he continued. "Coach Tressel said a lot of the commits will be there working out, and it will give me a good chance to meet the guys."
As a junior at Vernon Hills, Spencer led his team in both receiving and interceptions, but he stated he is being recruited as a wide receiver by Ohio State.