When the list of players declaring early for the NFL Draft was made final, former Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence was absent from the list. It turns out Spence may indeed play one more season of college football, although it is not going to happen in the Big Ten. Eastern Kentucky is the program reported to be the landing spot for the former Buckeye.
A report by John Owning of Football Insiders has connected Spence to Eastern Kentucky, where he would be eligible to play right away this fall. There was a thought he might be able to enter the NFL Draft and still carry a solid profile, but his departure from the Ohio State program and his status from the Big Ten offices led that stock in a different direction. Spence was ruled permanently ineligible by the Big Ten in late November following a failed drug test and suspension.
If Spence is indeed moving to Eastern Kentucky, then he will play for head coach Dean Hood, who is apparently a friend of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.