Pack in Top Three for Noble

Virginia beat writer Chris Horne provides Pack Pride with a story detailing the latest on West Rowan cornerback Dominique Noble.

West Rowan (Mount Ulla, N.C.) running back Kevin Parks Jr. attended the University of Virginia's Spring Football Festival on April 10, but he wasn't done seeing his future school this month. Last Thursday, the 5-8, 195-pound senior returned to Charlottesville for another visit.

"KP just went up to Virginia with me and some other recruits last Thursday as a matter of fact," West Rowan head coach Scott Young said.

"The visit was good. The coaches treated us real well. The kids feel at home at Virginia. I just enjoyed the family atmosphere. I think Mike London is big on family."

The "other recruits" included a pair of 2011 prospects in defensive back Domonique Noble and quarterback B.J. Sherrill. Noble and Sherrill are cousins and both are getting looks from FBS programs. Noble actually has received 12 official offers including Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State, Virginia, Wake Forest, Wisconsin and West Virginia, among others.

"He's a good kid," Young said of Noble, who had over 80 tackles and intercepted seven passes last season as a junior. "He's a corner that makes it very easy to try and get some pressures on the quarterback. Some schools are offering him at corner, but he's so big - he's 6-2, 185 pounds - that some schools want him to move to safety."

Virginia, however, isn't in the group targeting Noble as a safety.

"The Virginia coaches want me at cornerback," Noble said. "Looking at their corners, most of them are my height and some are taller."

Last Thursday was Noble's first ever trip to Charlottesville. It went well.

"I liked it," he said. "I got, like, a real good vibe from it. It wasn't made up of new buildings. It was old fashioned, but it seemed like a place where I could have a lot of fun. The people are cool. The whole campus has a good vibe."

Virginia's coaches stood out the most from the experience.

"Just the coaching staff is real cool," Noble said. "They showed me love. I talked to the players and they really seem to like Virginia. I liked it a lot, too. We took a tour of everything."

Noble does not claim a favorite and doesn't appear too close to narrowing his list down.

"I've visited Duke, Wake Forest, N.C. State and Virginia so far, but I really don't want to narrow it down too soon," Noble said. "I have been offered by 12 schools. I want a full outlook of all the schools. I'm going to try to visit some more and then narrow it down."

The N.C. State and Wake Forest visits were comparable to the Virginia visit. Duke, however, doesn't seem to be a big factor in this race.

"With Duke, I didn't really feel it," Noble said. "N.C. State and Wake Forest really intrigued me. N.C. State seems like a family and so does Wake Forest. I got the same feeling from [N.C. State, Virginia and Wake Forest]. That's just going to make my decision harder."

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