Clinkscale Impresses Georgia Cornerback

The Fighting Illini football staff is on a national search for quality defensive backs. Among those who have been offered scholarships is Georgian Noel Padmore. His video highlights have attracted Illini cornerback coach Steve Clinkscale, who has made a strong early impression on him.

Noel Padmore says Illinois cornerback coach Steve Clinkscale came to Flowery Branch High School to check him out.

"Coach Clinkscale came to the school like two weeks ago. He said he wanted to see some film of me. Then he saw my film and I got the offer. He was telling me some stuff about the school; I like the tradition and the way they run their defense."

The Georgian was impressed with Clinkscale also.

"When I talked to him, I liked him a lot. He is a really cool and laid-back guy. He kind of thinks just like a teenager. I like the way he coaches."

The 5'-11", 170 pounder plans to learn more about Illinois by visiting over the summer. He wants to see if the Illini meet his standards.

"I want to see how the coaches' personalities are, facilities, and just the overall feel of the campus. I want to see how the Illinois coaches coach and how they run things.

"The number one thing is education. Two, the facilities and how they run things. And three, if they have a nice campus and things like that. I just want to go somewhere I will feel comfortable."

Padmore has a number of colleges from which to choose.

"Illinois, Purdue, Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Pitt and Indiana have offered me. Georgia Tech is close to offering, and Auburn maybe. I have no favorites at this point; I'm wide open."

The speedster describes abilities that should translate well to the college level.

"My man coverage, my zone coverage, and being very physical. My back pedal is really strong, but that can get better because there is always room for improvement. I run a 4.48, my squat is 385, my bench 220, and my vertical is 30 inches."

Of course, he is continuing to work on his weaknesses.

"I want to improve on my technique and things like reading the quarterback's eyes. Everything can improve a little bit."

Padmore was pleased with his junior season and expects bigger things in 2012.

"It went great! I can't remember my stats, but I know I had a very good year. My team went to the third round of playoffs, where we lost to the state champions.

"Our number one goal is to win a state championship. We have a pretty good shot at doing it. We have a lot of really good players that will be playing at the next level, and a lot of team chemistry, so we should go far."

It appears Padmore wants to make his college choice known within the next three months.

"I want to make my decision in the summer, but I don't know for sure if I will have my decision ready by then. I really want to have it done by the end of the summer."

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