Recruiting for Red Raiders

Cibolo (Tex.) Steele offensive lineman Deionte Noel, a Texas Tech commit, has been doing recruiting of his own for his future team...

A few months ago, Cibolo (Tex.) Steele offensive lineman Deionte Noel joined teammate Justin Stockton in committing to Texas Tech.

Now, the 6-foot-3.5, 300-pounder is doing recruiting of his own.

"I have been telling everyone to come to Tech. I've told everyone I know, C.J. Reese, Trey, Big Rob (Robert Castaneda). I've been telling everyone to jump on the train. I'm a big booster for Tech. Coach [Mike] Jinks helped me get to where I was and I owe it to him, so I'm doing the best I can," he said.

Noel has also been talking with fellow lineman Josh Malin, who is on the Red Raiders' target list.

"Justin and I are excited to play together in college, and maybe even with Josh Malin and some other teammates. At the end of the day, I think he'll commit. We know it's going to be fun and we are just going to wreck 'em," he said.

The lineman has referred to college football as a "business" and is taking his commitment seriously.

"I've been working really hard. I may go up there and be a true freshman if I learn the snaps, so I have to work extra hard to beat out those 23-year olds. I've been getting my focus down, learning more technical plays.

"It's not high school football anymore. I've got to be more football savvy when it comes to things. I like watching film. They stress watching film here and it helps me know what my opponents are going to do; I know what I need to fix so I can be more prepared for the next game," he said.

Though he plays a few spots on the line, Noel says guard is where he feels most comfortable.

"I like playing guard. Coach Jinks taught me to master pulling. It's fun going out, and somebody not expecting it and you are slapping them on the floor, just getting hyped with your team. It's a really fun position," he said.

Noel has no plans to visit Lubbock over the summer, but says he will "definitely" be at the Texas - Texas Tech contest on Thanksgiving Day in Austin.


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