As NoleDigest first learned about 10 minutes ago that Pahokee standout Merril Noel became the 3rd commitment of the day for Florida State. Scout.com's 33rd rated corner in the nation was supposed to announce at the end of last month, but at the last minute he decided to hold off. After prying about it he came to the realization that FSU was the school for him.
"I've just been praying about it for a while now," Noel said, "and tonight I decided that FSU was the place for me. I feel that I can come in there and play early and that they offer me the best shot at what I want to do."
One of the catalyst that made Noel go ahead and make the decision was the fact that teammate DeJoshua Johnson went public with his announcement Monday. Noel told NoleDigest that driving back from the Tennessee camp they talked about where each of them was in terms of wanting to end the process.
"DeJoshua and I talked about it a lot," said Noel. "We talked about it on the way back from the Tennessee camp, too. We talked about our positions and what we wanted, and FSU was the place. I also saw today that Wake Forest gained a commitment from a kid from Jacksonville, so that made the decision even clearer for me. FSU just recruited me hard and they really showed they wanted me there."
Noel admitted that he was going to verbally commit to Wake Forest at the end of May. What pushed the Seminoles over the edge was Noel's lifelong love for the ‘Noles.
"Both Wake and FSU recruited me hard, but the excitement I had from FSU and the coaches made me want to go there more," explained Noel. "The coaches have a different passion there and that is what got me in the end."
Coach Coley had been Noel's primary recruiter. Merril says that his mother talked to the FSU coach today.
"I've stayed in contact with Coach Coley and he has always made me feel FSU," said Noel on the Seminole coach. "My mom was happy for me and she talked to him today. She knew that since I was a kid I always talked about going to play there. She told me as long as I did the right things it would pay off for me. It did!"
Getting Noel is big for FSU because they have a glaring need for cornerbacks in the 2010 class. Merril told NoleDigest he's coming to FSU ready to compete for a starting spot.
"I have always been confident in myself as a player," Noel said, "so I am going to come in and contribute right away. I'm going to bring toughness and swag to the team. I want to come in and work for my spot. Whatever happens, happen, but I feel that I have a great opportunity at FSU."
Like DeJoshua Noel plans on talking up FSU as they plan on making the 2010 class one of the nation's best this year.
"I talk to Dunk (Chris Dunkley), and I am going to talk to Zach Allen," said Noel. "Chris and I are tight and we talk. I don't know where his heart is at but hopefully we can get him to come to FSU. Even though Zach doesn't have the offer from FSU yet he is coming to Showtime to show that he deserves one. If he gets it he will wrap his recruitment up soon after. I'm sure I am set and I am going to help this class."
Noel wanted to end the conversation with a few words to FSU fans.
"Make sure the fans know that I am coming in to make some changes and that we WILL win a few championships while I'm there."
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Noel, and the rest of the commitments from FSU's 2010 recruiting class.
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