Pack Leads for Noble

West Rowan and star defensive back Dominique Noble are two-time defending state 3A champions, and Noble wears his two rings on a necklace as a daily reminder of the accomplishments.

West Rowan and star defensive back Dominique Noble are two-time defending state 3A champions, and Noble wears his two rings on a necklace as a daily reminder of the accomplishments.

"Oh, they mean a lot to me," said Noble. "We worked hard to win those, and we're hoping to get back there again next year.

"The first one, we kind of figured we were going to get it, but it's like every other year we thought we were going to get it but didn't. This season we had a great team... a family. As both seasons went on we got stronger and won the title."

While showing off his hardware Noble also flashed red and white wristbands that read "NC State."

"I love NC State," Noble stated when asked about the significance of the wristbands. "That doesn't mean I'm committed to them. I'm not going to say that, but I'm very interested in them so far. I plan on getting to other schools to see if I like them as much.

"The thing about NC State is they have a sense of family. The coaches are cool, and they don't try to BS me. They aren't going to tell me they are going to do something and not do it. They are going to be real the whole time, and I respect that."

Noble visited NC State for the Wolfpack's Spring Game and left impressed with the program.

"The visit was real fun," he said. "I saw a bunch of players from the NFL and had a chance to see how strong their fanbase is... the type of atmosphere they have. I also looked at their defensive backs... I think I could help there. I'm taking that into consideration."

Checking in at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, Noble has outstanding size for a cornerback and could eventually grow into a safety. As a junior he totaled 72 tackles and six interceptions.

"The colleges are recruiting me as a defensive back," he said. "I think I can play cornerback or safety, it really doesn't matter to me, but if I had to say I'd like to stay at cornerback. That's what I've played for my school, and I think I'm physical for a cornerback and have good size with my height."

Noble is one of the top recruits in the state and has plenty of options. He already holds offers from NC State, North Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Virginia, and Wisconsin, and he he has already taken visits to NC State, Wake Forest, Duke, and recently Virginia.

"I had a lot of fun up at Virginia," said Noble. "I liked it a lot. Coach Poindexter was real cool, and so were the players. I liked it up at Virginia for sure."

If the wristbands didn't give it away, NC State leads for Noble's services.

"NC State is my early leader," he said. "It's a family. They care about you. They aren't just recruiting you as a player, they are recruiting all aspects of you. It seems like they care about me on and off the field."

Noble projects as a full qualifier and hopes to major in nuclear engineering in college. Several factors will play a role in his final decision... which could come at anytime.

"I'm going to make a decision when I feel like it," he said. "I'm not going to try and rush it. I want to make the best decision possible.

"I'm looking for a college that has my major, and I'm looking for a second home. I don't want to feel homesick all the time. I want to be somewhere I will be happy with my final decision."


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