Noel Talks Change of Plans

Merril Noel was expected to announce his collegiate decision today, but he decided to postpone any announcement until further notice. NoleDigest spoke to him to get the latest on when a decision will be made, and to see if FSU is still in the running for his signature.

Pahokee standout cornerback Merril Noel was expected to make his announcement today with teammate Zach Allen, but he decided late Sunday that a decision would be delayed until further notice. Noel told NoleDigest that he needed to make sure he was making the correct decision, and that he wanted to check out some other schools before making the next step.

"I decided to delay my decision mainly because I want to make sure I am making the right decision," explained Noel. "There isn't a particular school or anything that delayed my decision as it is just I want to check out some others before I make it official."

Noel and Allen are expected to be a package deal, leading many people to believe that both were heading to either Wake Forest or West Virginia. Noel said that the two are still planning on going to the same school, but there are a few that aren't recruiting Allen. The question is is does that hurt the programs that haven't offered the Pahokee linebacker.

"Me and Zach are still planning on going to the same school," said Noel. "I want to check out 3 schools in particular: Georgia, Florida State and West Virginia. I don't have any leaders and I am open. A few of the schools like Georgia and FSU haven't offered Zach but that doesn't hurt them at all."

Merril is one of the top cornerback targets on FSU's board as he battles top flight receivers Chris Dunkley, DeJoshua Johnson and Fred Pickett every day. He says FSU is still in it and that he is very interested in the Seminoles.

"FSU has been talking to me a lot and I like them a lot," said Noel of FSU. "They tell me how much they like me and how much they want me to come there. I plan on visiting them and the other schools in late June or early July. After that I will look at making my decision."

Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Noel as we track his recruitment.

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