Noble Adds UNC Offer

MEBANE, N.C. --- Last week North Carolina became the latest school to offer Dominique Noble. The 6-foot-1, 184-pound defensive back from Mount Ulla (N.C.) West Rowan now holds double-digit offers.

A couple weeks back, Troy Douglas, who recruits West Rowan for UNC, dropped by the school.

"He was just saying how he was looking for DBs, because they have like three safeties that are going to be graduating," Noble said. "I got out [on the practice field] and did a few drills. He said he liked me."

The following week, Everett Withers visited West Rowan and the UNC defensive coordinator offered Noble almost immediately after watching him work out.

"I did some drills for him and he said he'd like me to play safety for [UNC]," Noble said. "He gave me a couple pointers and tips."

Besides UNC, Noble has received offers from Duke, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Penn State, Virginia, Wake Forest, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Most of the schools that have offered Noble did so several months ago. He said the tardiness of the UNC offer won't hinder the Tar Heels' chances.

"It's all about whether you offer or not," Noble said. "It doesn't matter when or how. If you offer, I'm going to treat you the same.

"I'm going to look into it, visit the campus, get with the coaches, talk to the players, [and] see if I feel the school."

Within the next few months, Noble plans to include UNC, as well as Georgia Tech, Penn State, and West Virginia, in his travel plans. He has already visited Duke, NC State, Virginia, and Wake Forest.

Noble's visits have had a noticeable effect on his ever-changing favorites list.

"Every time somebody asks [about favorites], I give them a different list," Noble said. "I like NC State, Virginia, I like Wake Forest – I like basically the schools I've visited, so far. So that means I've got to visit more, so I can get a whole visual of all the schools."

Noble's game plan is to establish a solid list of five schools. At some point, he'd like to trim that list to three, and then narrow it to one.

"[I'm going to narrow it to five] whenever it happens – whenever I feel right," Noble said. "I'd like to do it before the season, but I'm not going to rush it, because it is my future."

Georgia Tech, NC State, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Wake Forest are the current strong candidates to make the initial cut.

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