"The University of New Mexico, the University of Virginia, the University of North Florida, Notre Dame, Princeton and Mississippi State. In the end I really had it down to New Mexico, Virginia, North Florida and Mississippi State."
How did Mississippi State get involved in your recruitment?
"(MSU head) Coach Homan, before he was a coach at Rice, used to practice on my home course in Florida. He played the mini tours down here. We played a lot together, so we kind of go way back. He started sending general form letters my junior year, then he became more interested."
When did Mississippi State offer you a scholarship?
"(Coach Homan) made an offer a few months prior to my official visit. I took an unofficial visit and he offered me then."
What part of your game did Coach Homan say he likes the most?
"He has always liked my short game, really; my chipping and putting. Course management has always been one of my strengths, thinking through shots and making the right decisions, those kind of things. I've never really hit the length in my shots up to this point, so I've had to deal with other parts of my game, which gives me that extra in course management and my short game. I think the distance will come as I get a little bigger (Noah is 6-foot tall and weighs 125 pounds.-Gene). I average about 255 (yards) off the tee."
When you took your official visits, how did that go?
"I visited Mississippi State the weekend before their game with Tulane. I actually had been talking to my parents about my decision, which I had been thinking about for 6 to 7 months. I was just weighing my options. I figured if I went on my official visit and still liked what I saw, then I would probably verbally commit while I was up there. And I definitely liked what I saw."
What was it about State that made such a great impression on you?
"(Coach Homan) was definitely a big part of it. He has a great personality and seems like a players' coach. Another big part of it was the college atmosphere of Mississippi State, which is something I definitely want in a college. Some of the other schools that I was looking at didn't show the same kind of college atmosphere of a typical college as Mississippi State did. I was also kind of looking for a smaller to mid-range college instead of a large one."
Did playing in the SEC factor into it?
"It did make a difference because I knew playing in the SEC Tournament you are going to be playing against Florida, Georgia and all those big-time teams you automatically think of."
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