When you hear the name Spielman and you're an Ohio State fan, you automatically think of the baddest dude to ever roam the gridiron.
In a few years, that may change, as the great Chris Spielman's son is starting to make a name of his own as he creates his own legacy on the football field down the road from the Horseshoe at Upper Arlington High School.
Noah Spielman is a 6-1/240 defensive lineman for the Golden Bears and had a very nice sophomore campaign in 2011 that left him as a player to watch in the class of 2014 for college coaches around America.
The Ohio State coaching staff is one of those that have reached out to Noah, with his father's past history with the Buckeyes and current relationship with Urban Meyer giving the home town school a bit of an edge from the getgo.
We caught up with Noah to hear the latest on his recruitment, what it's like growing up as the son of a legend, what his interest in playing for Ohio State is, and more. Join us after the jump for more on Buckeye legacy and a potential future member of the Scarlet and Gray, Noah Spielman.
How did your sophomore season go?
It was awesome. I started on the defensive line and really enjoyed it. I can definitely improve on many things and get better as I become stronger and faster. For my stats, I had 34 total tackles, 7 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks.
It is early, but how is recruiting going for you right now?
I haven't gotten any offers yet and the only school that is standing out in terms of showing interest is Ohio State as they sent me a few things.
Have you taken any visits yet? Do you have any visits planned?
I haven't taken any visits yet, but I plan on getting to some camps this summer.
Obviously with your dad's legacy it's easy for people to look at you and expect great things. What has it been like growing up as Chris Spielman's son?
Growing up as his son definitely puts expectations on me. I play a different position than him, but he knows the game so well that he gives me tips on how to do this and how to do that so overall it is great. I will always give maximum effort in everything I do and hopefully people wont have any expectations on me then.
It's in your blood, but as a up and coming prospect, what are your feelings on Ohio State? Has it been different looking at them as a player rather than a fan?
Ohio State has been one of my favorite teams, but since I am going to be an up coming recruit, I'd like to see what my options are and then go from there.
Your dad spent a lot of time with Urban Meyer this past year in the booth. Did you get to meet him at all? What are your thoughts on him taking over at Ohio State?
Yes I have met Coach Meyer. I have spoken to him several times and I believe that he will do many great things at Ohio State.
What factors are important to you when choosing a school?
The factors that are important to me are the distance away from home, the athletics program at the college, being a Division I school, and lastly if it has the program that I want to major in.
When do you think you'll make a college decision?
I will make a college decision whenever I feel I am ready and comfortable with a certain school.
What position do you think you'll play at the college level?
I am hoping I get a chance to stay on the defensive line.
Your teammate Frank Epitropoulos committed to OSU this past year. How is your relationship with Frank and is he trying to get you to Ohio State?
Frank and I are teammates, as well as good friends. He has never said anything to me about joining him at Ohio State though.
What are your strengths on the football field? What are some things you need to work on?
I believe that my strengths on the football field are my quickness and the ability to rush the passer. Getting to the quarterback is probably my greatest strength. I can work on many things to be the best player I can be. A few of those are improving my burst off the ball and staying lower during time of play.