Noil breaks it down

2014 WR Devante "Speedy" Noil recently narrowed his list of schools down to four. Those four schools still remain, but Noil has since added another one to the list. He spoke with TSD's Austin Cooper about his recruitment, visit plans, and when a decision might come.

For Edna Karr's Devante "Speedy" Noil, the recruiting process has started to wind down a bit. The 5-11 185 Noil had a fantastic junior season for 4A State Champion Karr by compiling eye-popping statistics in all three aspects of the offense. Playing primarily quarterback, Noil threw for 2,235 yards and 24 touchdowns, rushed for 1,345 yards and 20 touchdowns, and caught 18 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns. With a season like that, it should come as no surprise that Noil is coveted by schools all over the country.

After collecting numerous offers early on in his recruitment, the four-star Noil has since trimmed his list down to a manageable size. At one time, Noil had four schools that he was favoring, but he has added another one to the list in recent weeks.

"I have narrowed it down to a top-five," Noil told TSD. "Texas A&M, Florida, USC, LSU, and Texas Tech are those schools."

Noil has had a chance to learn a lot about the five schools that remain on his list. He shared some of those thoughts with TSD.

Texas A&M: "They have a great offense and they put the ball in the hands of their playmakers."

LSU: "They are basically a running team that has a new offensive coordinator. The LSU coaches keep telling me that they are going to throw the ball a lot more like they did in the spring, so it will be fun to see how they going about doing that."

Texas Tech: "I just learned that they got a new head coach that likes to go five-wide and throw the ball around to a lot of different people. They're a team that really looks to execute things."

Florida: "Their wildcat offense is pretty cool. I want to play wide-receiver, but their coaches have told me that they could do a lot of different things with me."

USC: "They had two of the top receivers in the country last year and they really showed that they can get the ball around the field. They are a team like my high school that has a lot of weapons all over the field."

Out of these five schools, Noil explained that there isn't one school in particular that is recruiting him harder than the others, something he believes has given him the opportunity to build great relationships with every coaching staff.

"All five schools are on me very hard at this point and I have great relationships with everyone," said Noil. "They are all telling me good things."

The main concern with LSU for Noil had been the effectiveness of the offense to throw the ball efficiently. After having a chance to watch LSU go through their spring game, Noil now believes the hype surrounding the revamped LSU offense.

"I saw that Coach Cam [Cameron] lived up to his word about throwing the ball a lot during the spring game," said Noil. "I'm looking forward to seeing him work throughout the season and watching the progression of the LSU offense."

With the visit process nearly done for Noil, he isn't sure yet if he will try to check out some college campuses this summer.

"I don't have any visits planned right now," said Noil. "I plan on going to The Opening and that's about it at this point. I may end up checking out some schools this summer, but for the most part, I'm going to try to take it easy."

The Edna Karr roster is loaded with players that currently hold multiple offers. Because of that, there is another factor that could play out in the recruitment of Noil.

Five-star defensive end Gerald Willis is a teammate and close friend of Noil's. The two have spent the last several months discussing the possibility of playing together in college, something that they would both love to do.

"We have our minds set on playing together in college, but if the school that he chooses isn't a fit for me, then we will go our separate ways," said Noil. "Basically, we are interested in the same schools so there will be a good possibility of that happening moving forward."

In terms of a decision, Noil explained that he still intends to make his final decision known in January when he participates in the Under Armour All-American Game.

"I plan to make my decision at the Under Armour All-American Game in January," said Noil. "I think that I will know everything I need to know by that point and it will give me a chance to see all of the schools in action this fall."

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