2011 Intro: Dominique Noble

MOUNT ULLA, N.C. --- Few in-state 2011 recruits benefited more from the Winter Evaluation Period than Dominique Noble.

"It's the new catch word any time you're talking about an athlete in the secondary: length," West Rowan head coach Scott Young said. "Every coach that walks in the door and looks at [Noble] loves his length. You're talking about a legit 6-2, legit 185 [pounds], [and] he runs a legit 4.6 [second 40-yard dash]. I know we need to get [his 40-yard dash] down to a 4.5, but with that length he can make up for that tenth of a second on the 40."

Coming out of the Winter Evaluation Period, six schools have extended Noble a scholarship offer: Duke, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Wake Forest, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. He is also receiving interest from Arkansas, North Carolina, Oregon, and Penn State.

"Every coach and every school I've talked to has either offered him or they give you the phrase they want to ‘jump in on him,'" Young said. "Everybody is interested."

Since receiving his first scholarship offer on Feb. 7, Noble has been noticeably overwhelmed by the recruiting process.

"One day, Wisconsin [offered] and then after that it just all just came out at once," Noble said. "I'm still trying to catch my breath."

Being overwhelmed has prevented Noble from establishing favorites. He's strongly considering all six schools that have offered and is open to schools who may offer in the future.

"All of [my offering schools] are great schools," Noble said. "It's really hard to pick. I'm going to have to weigh out the pros and cons."

While doing that, Noble will weigh three factors the heaviest – location, education, and playing time.

"I think I'll be able to deal with being away, but I'd rather be close [to home]," Noble said. "But what I'm really looking for is a good education and the probability of me getting on the field [early]. I'd prefer to go to a small school and potentially play as a freshman, than to go to a big school and not play until my junior year."

Last fall, Noble attended a football game at Duke. He recently visited Wake Forest for its Junior Day and will attend Georgia Tech's Junior Day on April 17.

Noble isn't sure if he's being recruited as a cornerback or safety. Young says of the few schools that have discussed positions, most are talking about recruiting Noble as a safety.

"Guys like Coach [Anthony] Poindexter at Virginia look at [Noble] and see adding 20 pounds to him and him being 6-2/6-3, 220-pound safety before it's all said and done," Young said. "Not only is he tall, he has a wide frame."

Noble prefers cornerback, but isn't opposed to playing a different position in college.

"It would take some getting used to," Noble said. "If I really have interest in a school, I'll do whatever it takes."

During the preseason of his freshman year, Noble practiced exclusively at wide receiver. However, when the season rolled around, he was moved to corner and never looked back.

"We love to put our better athletes on defense, besides tailback," Young said.

Noble played well enough at cornerback that he was brought up to varsity during his freshman season and became a starter as a sophomore.

"I always thought I'd come back to receiver, but now I love cornerback," Noble said. "It's like Young says all the time when I say ‘You should let me play receiver,' he says ‘Receiver is not getting you scholarships - it's cornerback.'"

Both Noble's sophomore and junior seasons ended with NCHSAA 3A state titles. He finished his junior season with 72 tackles, six interceptions, and 26 pass breakups.

"He's physical when he needs to be physical," Young said. "He covers well when he needs to cover. He has pretty good instincts. He's pretty smart – he's a smart kid in the classroom and that carries over to the football field."

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