Noil searching for right fit

What's the real truth with Devante "Speedy" Noil? Is homestate school LSU in or out? Could he really leave the state to play college football? The Scout 100 breaks it all down here...

In the end, it is about one thing for Devante Noil. Like many top high school athletes, his dream is to play in the NFL, so he wants to find the school he feels can help him prepare for that three to four years from now.

That will be a big part of his decision.

"I want to be used the right way. I want to go to a school that will put me in the right position, that will feature my talent, and that will get me the ball where and when I need to get it," Noil said.

"I am looking for the school that gets the ball into the hands of their playmakers. That is important to me. The NFL is my dream, so who can help me best to get there?"

He took a visit to College Station, Texas not too long ago and he saw the Aggie offense ran through Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

He likes Kevin Sumlin's offense.

"They have a very good offense and it is run a lot like our offense in high school. They spread the ball around, they play at a high tempo, and they get the ball to their playmakers. I think I would fit in well there. I know they would get me the ball, so I really like that."

The 5-foot-11, 185 pound athlete out of New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr had a good time on his official visit to Texas A&M as well. He got to see a good friend and the atmosphere impressed him.

"It was pretty good out there at Texas A&M. I got to hang out with my brothers Noel Ellis (Freshman at Texas A&M) and Gerald Willis (Teammate at Edna Karr) after the game like we have done a lot and I had a good time. The crowd was loud for the Alabama game, everyone had a good time out there, and it was a cool place."

Another SEC school was scheduled to get Noil on their campus for an official visit this weekend, but it was pushed back to November 9.

The dynamic high school athlete likes their speed.

"Florida is always a good team and they always have top athletes. They run the ball well, they have team speed, and they want to use me in a 'Wildcat' package. I want to get down there and see how it is for me there. I have always liked Florida's players because they play fast and that is my style."

USC has also been a school Noil had high on his list, but that was before the firing of head coach Lane Kiffin.


"Speedy" is electric with the ball in his hands.
The Trojans are still a school on his list and Noil will see who the new head coach is. What caught his attention there besides USC's tradition is how they have gotten the ball to guys like Robert Woods and Marqis Lee over the past few years.

An official visit to USC is still possible.

LSU is there too.

The Tigers have been in and out of Noil's top group of schools, but at this time, they are as high as anyone else.

"All four schools are the same. LSU, USC, Florida, and Texas A&M are the top four," said Noil. "There is not two groups, a leader, or anything like that."

LSU has been recruiting the Scout 100 athlete longer than anyone. It is an in-state school and he has had his eye on their offense.

"I just want to make sure I will be used the right way at LSU. I like how they are throwing the ball down the field this year and I think I could get the ball there in the offense they run.

"They talked to me at first about playing some quarterback and that is cool. They have talked about the 'Wildcat' package some too. I know a lot about LSU, so I am just watching how they play and how the offense does."

Noil and his teammate Gerald Willis will announce their college choices at the Under Armour All-America game early in January and the two may end up at the same school.

They have the same four schools on their lists, they are taking their official visits together, and they are very good friends, but Noil feels each will decide on their own.

"We will discuss our favorites once we get deeper into the year after we take our visits. It is really about how we feel about the schools and we will likely make our own decision. We have to find the right school for ourselves first and see how it works out.

"We could decide on the same school, but I do not think we will decide together. We will just pick the right school for us separately first."

Noil is the No. 67 prospect in the country on Scout.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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