"I had to put on for my city," said Noland, a junior safety. "I just gave it my all and let the cards fall where they may. There were a couple of Louisiana boys out there who are great DBs: Darion Monroe (Texas A&M commit), Jordan Batiste, and Trevon Stewart were all there.
"I have to take the award in stride and stay humble. I'm still a diamond in the rough. I hope this will make some colleges look closer at me and speed up the recruiting process."
What did Noland do well yesterday?
"The competition in the one-on-one drills is what really sets you apart from the rest of the players at your position," he explained. "I just tried to get as many reps as I could and be as physical as possible.
"Some of the guys were getting tired, but I tried to push through that (fatigue). I also tried to encourage the others."
Ruston begins spring training tomorrow. Which colleges are expected to come through during the spring evaluation period?
"Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, Penn State, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Indiana, and Nebraska will all either be there or were there last week," said Noland. "Nebraska was at the school last week.
"I'd say LSU seems to be the closest to offering. Coach (Ron) Cooper wants to work me out at their summer camp first, though. Most of LSU's offers are made at their camp."
It's possible that Noland is being overly modest, however. His performance yesterday should open plenty of eyes and could possibly yield his initial offer this week.