Catching Up with Evan Spencer

By Alex on March 21, 2011 at 1:00p

Evan Spencer is officially a BuckeyeWith the basketball Buckeyes' latest domination in the NCAA tournament completed, it's kind of a weird feeling that most of the focus in OSU land has been on the hoops team rather than the football team that usually hogs the headlines. Most likely, nobody is happier than Jim Tressel to have Thad Matta's squad pushing the Tat Gate scandal off the front page and the run to Houston in the limelight for at least the next 10-15 days. We are certainly giddy about basketball over here at the 11W headquarters, but as always we have the pigskin in the back of our minds, and were able to get in touch with another one of the fine gentlemen that will be calling Columbus home for the next four to five years.

Evan Spencer has become the next victim in our "Catching Up With" segments and it was pleasure in getting to know this second generation Buckeye better. As many of you already know, Evan is the son of former OSU player Tim Spencer, currently in his seventh season as the Chicago Bears' running backs coach. While dad knows how to get it done on the ground, son will be making it happen through the air and through a very stellar high school career at Vernon Hills, Evan has become one of the nation's top prep receivers.

At 6-3/205, Spencer has the size to make an immediate impact at the next level, and with DeVier Posey suspended for the first five games, it looks like the Bucks could use any help they can get at the receiver position. Having a father who played on a big time stage has allowed Evan to get a good perspective on the game, as well as expanded his football intelligence level way beyond that of the usual high school prospect. Couple the high football IQ with speed, athleticism, good hands, excellent body control, and toughness, and clearly a formula to success lies ahead for this budding star. In fact, if I had to make the call today, I'd say he reminds me a lot of a former Buckeye who also had an NFL coach as a father, none other than Brian Robiskie.

We were able to catch up with Evan to talk about how it feels to officially be a Buckeye, what it means to follow in the family footsteps, what he is doing to prepare for OSU, how he feels about the Stan Drayton hiring and basically anything else that doesn't have to do with Jim Tressel's current situation. Enjoy getting to know Spencer after the jump, as I'm sure you'll be just as excited as we are to be having such a fine young man join the Buckeye family.

Now that it's official, how does it feel to be a Buckeye?

It feels great to finally go go home. I can't wait to get on campus and get in the mix of things.

Have you gotten to know any of the other players in the class? Do you know who you're rooming with yet? When are you coming down to Columbus?

Yes, I have started to get to know some of the guys but not everyone yet. I know that I will be rooming with Devin Smith for sure, but I don't know about the other two. I will be in Columbus for the Spring Game, but I report the 19th of June to begin classes and move in.

What will you major in at OSU?

I'm not sure what I will major in yet. I might try to take classes in different areas to see what I truely like.

With Dane Sanzebacher gone to graduation and DeVier Posey suspended for the beginning of the season, there appears to be opportunity at WR for playing time. What have the coaches told you about your opportunity to play as a true frosh and what are you doing to prepare for that?

We haven't talked about playing time, but I know I will have to take care of business and get in the play book in order to play at all. I am running routes every other Friday with Johnny Knox, a wide receiver on the Bears, as well as with Davaris Daniels (son of NFL DE Phillip Daniels), my teammate that is going to play at Notre Dame.

Why did you choose to attend Ohio State? How big of an influence was your father and being a legacy at OSU?

I chose Ohio State because of the tradition, the love I had for the program, the coaches, and it was always my childhood dream. My dad was a big influence but he wanted me to have an open mind when I was in my decision making process.

What does it mean to you to get to play with Terrelle Pryor this year and then to get to play with Braxton Miller in the future?

It means a lot to get a chance to play with players of their caliber, and I can't wait to get on the field with them.

Darrell Hazell is gone but Stan Drayton is the new WR coach. Have you gotten to know Coach Drayton at all? What is your opinion of him becoming your new position coach?

Yes, I have gotten to know coach Drayton. He called me a little after he got the job and we got to know each other a little and have remained in contact since then. I am excited to have a chance to be taught by him and develop myself as a receiver, as well as to get to know him better as a person.

What are you looking forward to most about OSU other than football?

Getting to know all of the other guys that are coming in with my class.

What do you feel are your greatest strengths? What do you feel you need to work on before you get to OSU?

I feel my greatest strengths are catching the football and my route running abilities. I think the thing I will need to to focus the most of my attention on is learning the offense.

If you can tell Buckeye Nation one thing, what would it be?





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thorvath22's picture

ROF I know that it is not the most ideal situation going into the 2011 season (not what we would have expected for Pryor's final season anyhow) but this season has me giddy at the thought of the possibility of survivng the first 5 games with nothing but future talent thus preparing us for 2012 in a way and also maybe a sort of audition for Luke Fickell to take the wheel in 2014/2015, then reloading fresh, talented, and proven (hopefully hungry as well) players in game 6. It is almost like a new season if we are 5-0! Call it the 2011½ season if you will...this could be a true blessing in disguise for the future of the program.

If we do indeed win the MNC, it will be a truely special one that we can hold high and tell the rest of college football to SUCK IT! we might as well place a SKU on them Championship rings...j/k lol....but seriously.

Buckeye Black's picture


Finally, somebody with that attitude.  I like the "Go Bucks" and soforth but let's get some hungry players in there.  That was the doom of th 2007-2008 teams, no killer instinct.

RBuck's picture

What the hell is Doc Saturday talking about? He writing like the NCAA has ruled on Tress. Did I miss something?

Long live the southend.

Jason Priestas's picture

Tressel self-imposed a five game suspension on himself instead of the originally announced two games. Very, very doubtful the NCAA lowers that number and the players have already lost their appeal, so we'll be w/o the players and JT for the first five games.

Dean's picture

From that article: "If morale suffers enough early on, the hole can be too deep for the returning exiles to dig everyone out in time to salvage anything Ohio State fans usually consider worth caring about."


I think he just called us fair-weather fans.  What a load of crap.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Yeah, whatever man. That's a joke, but so are a lot of things the mainstream media says these days.

Matt's picture

Not really.  I read that last statement as accurate and to mean that Ohio State fans have come to expect excellence from our team -- Big 10 title is almost a must now, BCS berth a birthright, and the only uncertainty is whether we play for the national title.  If we lose a few games in the early half of 2011 and it becomes clear that the best we can do is a second-tier non-BCS bowl, I do think the majority of fans we will have trouble caring about whether we get the much coveted Gator bowl berth -- a fanbase spoiled by near-unprecedented success is the likely reality, not a cheapshot from Hinton.

Buckeye Black's picture

Not this fan.  These seniors have gone through their trial and tribulations, but they still brought us a long needed Rose Bowl, and an even longer needed bowl victory over the toothless army.  If the Gator Bowl it is, then I look forward to Pryor and company utterly destroying that poor opponent.

Hopalong's picture

Can we start doing the "Catching Up With" articles for the basketball recruits too? Just an idea, since I know next to nothing about the incoming class.

As always, good article. It's fun getting to know the n00bs.

Bucks's picture

So, this isn't on topic but scrolling through to Bruce Hooley linkage on here seemed fruitless with it being dated.

Was anyone listening to 97.1 today ... and could enlighten me on the context of what was said in regards to Hooley. Since he is claiming he was defamed today on the fan, guessing I missed something. And ty to the 11w twitter for passing that along!