"I liked it," said Noel. "I had a real good time there at NC State. I got to talk with coach O'Brien before I left, and he was telling me all about the school and how they wanted me to come there and help them win.
"I liked being with the players probably the most. I got along good with all of them, just joking around with them. Daryl Bishop was my host. He's cool, I've known him for a while because we played on the same AAU team together... he was on our older team. It's cool because we're from the same area, and he was telling me how he liked it at NC State."
Checking in at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Noel is being recruited to play safety at NC State.
"My Milford profile has me listed as a defensive end or linebacker but that's all wrong because I play safety," said Noel. "That's what the NC State coaches said they would want me to play if I go there.
"Coach O'Brien was talking about that and how I could maybe come in and play. With coach O'Brien I feel like they are going to be winning a lot of games, I think that will be pretty cool to me."
Noel, who holds an offer from NC State, signed with Maryland last February but failed to qualify academically. He enrolled at Milford Academy (NY) and re-committed to the Terps but has since eliminated Maryland and opened up his recruitment. He indicated that he will likely visit Mississippi State before making a decision, but NC State appears to be in solid shape.
"I'll have a decision in probably a week or two," said Noel. "I'm supposed to go to Mississippi State probably next week.
"I'm thinking about committing to NC State. I think that will probably be the school I go to, but I'm not sure right now."
Noel tallied 41 tackles, seven pass breakups, four interceptions, two blocked field goals, and an interception return for a touchdown this past season at Milford.