2014 Norcross High athlete Jordan Noil was hoping to get his first offer during the spring evaluation period. However, he was not expecting one to come quite so soon.
Following Maryland's Red-White game April 12, Noil received a Facebook message from assistant coach Lyndon Johnson notifying him of his offer from the Terps.
"There were no words to explain how excited I was to get my first offer from one of my top schools on my list," Noil said. "I was so happy, I was reading the message upstairs and I came running downstairs to tell my mom to make sure what I was reading was actually true."
"I think it's really great to be honest, I wasn't expecting my first one (offer) from one of my top schools," Noil said. "So when I got the offer I was pretty much just in awe and lost for words."
While the Georgia native has not had the chance to see Maryland play in person he has seen several of their games on TV. He said he honed in on how the Terps' defensive backs performed, as well the Terps' most dynamic playmaker, Stefon Diggs.
"I like their style because they equip their players with what they need to know so they are not just a one-dimensional defense," said Noil, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound athlete who is mainly being recruited as a free safety. "I really like Diggs. He is pretty much the guy there, and seeing him get so much time as a freshman just shows me that they are willing to let the best players play.
"That is probably what stands out to me the most, that your year in college doesn't matter to them. They are just going to put the best ones on the field and let you shine early."
Another key component for Noil is academics, and he plans to pursue his life-long passion for architecture in college. He said ever since he was little he'd engage himself in numerous building and designing projects.
"I want to build things that push the limits of what we have so far," Noil said, "and build something that nobody has even seen before."
Noil said he knows Maryland has a good architecture program, but he does not know too much else about the university. He has visited Washington D.C. to see a family friend a few years ago, but he hopes to make a trip to College Park in the near future.
"I don't know too much about the area, but I am looking forward to getting back up there with my mom," Noil said."I want to come up for summer camp and I am looking to get up there pretty soon to meet all coaches and everything to get acquainted with everything."
While Maryland was the first program to extend an offer to Noil, they are not the only school interested in him. Noil has also been hearing from a number of other BCS programs including: Florida State, Nebraska, Louisville, Texas Tech, Auburn, Duke and Georgia Tech.
Right now, Noil said there are a number of schools in the mix, including: University of Southern California USC,Maryland, Auburn, Texas Tech and Florida State.
Noil Lands First Offer
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