Van Noy's Focus Shifts to Recruiting

He's one of the most coveted prospects in the Western region, but Kyle Van Noy has always had his priorities straight. He promised to himself that he would concentrate on his senior season and try to achieve the goal of winning a state championship. Now that this feat has been accomplished, the linebacker is ready to take his remaining official visits as he trips to Tempe this weekend.

The 6-4 202 Kyle Van Noy helped Reno's McQueen High School capture Nevada's 4A state title with a narrow 13-12 win over Palo Verde. "Recruiting has been hectic," admitted Van Noy. "I just wanted to finish my senior year out before I start worrying about it. I didn't want to worry about my individual stuff before me and my team were gonna win state."

During his senior campaign the linebacker collected 73 total tackles, 14 sacks, seven forced fumbles, four recovered fumbles, four pass breakups and four defensive touchdowns. Van Noy also plays wide receiver and tallied 731 yards on 35 catches and scored 17 touchdowns in that role.

"I have a high football IQ and I'm quick to react," said Van Noy concerning his skills. "I'm very aggressive and I run to the ball very well for my size. I could do a better job in pass coverage."

In the weight room Van Noy registered 285 lbs. in the power clean, 375 in the squat and benched 265.

The four-star weak side linebacker, ranked ninth in the nation by in his position, is being recruited by Arizona State's tight ends coach Dan Cozzetto, and Van Noy declared the Sun Devils along with BYU as his co-leaders among his suitors. "Arizona State is a program that puts a lot of players in the pros and is usually good year in and year out," said Van Noy. "They're a young team that will only get better.

The linebacker, who already visited Colorado is scheduled to visit BYU on Jan. 10th and UCLA on the 17th of that month and doesn't plan to make a decision before those trips. "If I take a fifth visit, it might be Oregon State or Boise State," noted Van Noy. "But I really don't know if I'm even gonna take a fifth visit."

Van Noy is of the Mormon faith, but doesn't plan to take a mission and said that a school like BYU doesn't necessarily have the inside track for his services because of his religion. "I'd like to go to a school that's close to my family," said Van Noy, "and a school that will give me a chance to play early."

Prior to his visit to the Sun Devils, coach Cozzetto will have an in-home visit with Van Noy on Wednesday.

Van Noy reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 1200 SAT.

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