Ohio State lands another stud recruit

Less than a week after receiving oral commitments from two of the nation's top defensive linemen, Ohio State landed another gem in the Class of 2012.

New head coach Urban Meyer received an oral commitment from Noah Spence, who made the announcement after an official visit to OSU. The five-star defensive end, who is ranked as one of the best overall players in the nation, joins 6-3, 301-pound defensive tackle Tommy Schutt and 6-4, 260-pound defensive end Se'Von Pittman as impact defenders headed to Columbus next year. The Buckeyes are primed to land perhaps their most decorated defensive line class in program history.

Before his senior season, Spence (from Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pa.) had seven schools at the top of his list, but Ohio State wasn't on it. Penn State was considered the favorite to land him, but the child sex-abuse scandal at the university steered his attention elsewhere. Ohio State didn't enter consideration until the hiring of Meyer, who contacted Spence shortly after he arrived in Columbus.

Meyer and his staff are clearly doing everything they can to warn rival Big Ten schools that, potential sanctions or not, the Buckeyes will continue to be a major player in the conference despite its rough 2011 season. Meyer, of course, is working hard on the recruiting trail while current head coach Luke Fickell and his staff get the team ready for its bowl game.

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