“I was really excited for it,” Noa told BearTerritory on Tuesday night. “He was really excited. It was definitely a surprise. I think I spoke to them one time, or twice before that, but my family was definitely excited for it, especially because it was my first offer. It kind of got things going for me.”
Three weeks later, Noa and his family set up his first official visit – for the weekend of Dec. 5 – to Berkeley.
“They’ve definitely improved, offensively and just on the whole,” Noa said. “They have a young team, too, so they have a lot of potential.”
Having the opportunity to join an offense headed up by one of the top quarterbacks in the country in Jared Goff is certainly a plus, as is the fact that his high school runs the Tony Franklin System – the same offense that forms the base of the Bear Raid.
“It’s very exciting to hear about the Cal offense,” said Noa, who didn’t know that Franklin was the offensive coordinator for the Bears before he got the offer.
“I just knew about the academics at Cal,” said Noa, who has a 3.5 GPA. “I know that, this year, they’re the No. 3 school, academically, in the 2015 rankings, so they’re definitely a good academic school, and they have a lot of potential in their football program.”
Coming into this season, Noa owned 2,396 receiving yards and 25 receiving touchdowns, and last year, led Punahou to an undefeated season. This summer, he ran a 4.41 hand-timed 40-yard dash, and has spent much of his time either isolated on one side of the field or on the inside, getting mismatches against linebackers and safeties.
“They like my physicality and how I play the game,” Noa said. “I think my best attribute is that I’m a sure-handed catcher, I think.”