"I was in the top two DBs, in my opinion. I felt like I did a good job at the combine, and I got good feedback. I went all out that day."
It's very easy to see why Noland won the Leadership Award, as the junior is very outgoing and charismatic. On the field, however, he's not so friendly.
"I had 27 solo tackles and 23 assists last year with three interceptions and a forced fumble," he said. "I played free safety last season, but I've let it be known that I can also play corner."
The 6-0, 190-pound junior led Ruston to the Class 5A playoffs last year. At the NUC, he ran a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash, to go along with a 4.47 shuttle. At least year's FCA Combine, he clocked a 4.56 and 4.37, respectively.
Noland had the highest vertical (35 inches) and best broad jump at the Baton Rouge NUC.
Which college programs are recruiting him?
"I'm hearing from Penn State the most and they're my early leader," said Noland. "Kermit Buggs, their safeties coach, is coming down in May. He said I fit their criteria for safety; I fit what they're looking for at that position. He said he likes to meet a prospect in person before they offer. He wants to make sure he crosses his t's and dots his i's.
"The other two schools I'm hearing from the most are Louisiana Tech and ULM. Tech is one of the top mid-majors and with them being right around the corner -- down the street -- I've been able to see what they're doing. I've been invited to their spring practices and game, and I could see myself playing for them."