Noland Nabs Tech Offer

Louisiana Tech extended a scholarship offer to hard-hitting Ruston safety Cyril Noland this evening...

"I got the offer an hour and a half to two hours ago," said Cyril Noland, who lays the wood for the Ruston Bearcats from his safety position. "I called Coach (Tommy) Spangler and we talked about what's going with 7-on-7 and stuff. Tech has a great coaching staff and I have a good relationship with Coach Spangler.

"He said they had talked things over with Coach (Sonny) Dykes and decided to offer me. I'm glad to have this offer. If it's the best fit for me, then I'll be right at home. I'll be able to make plays and be the man right here in my hometown.

"It's another opportunity for me and it's nice to have choices. If I decide to sign with Tech, I'll be close to my family."

Noland, who received his first offer from North Texas, camped with Louisiana Tech several days ago.

"At first, I was just planning on observing at the Tech camp," he began. "I turned an ankle at the Ole Miss camp a few days before Tech's started, but I decided to go ahead and participate at Tech's camp. I did what I could in drills.

"I'm probably going to stay off my ankle - for the most part - for the next three weeks. I have LSU camp in July and possibly Texas A&M. I just returned from ULL's camp yesterday. It was fun. Next week, I think I might hear something (about a Cajuns offer) from Coach (Tim) Rebowe and Coach (Marquase) Lovings. I'm also hearing from Oregon State."

Noland is a physical, punishing safety who recorded 50 tackles and picked off three passes last year.

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