Notre Dame assistant Mike Elston knew that he liked Dominique Noble (6-foot-1, 185-pounds), but he wanted defensive coordinator Bob Diaco to take a look at him before the Irish extended Noble and offer. Diaco did and Noble received his offer.
"The first coach that came down was coach Elston," Noble recalled. "He said that he couldn't say anything about an offer, because he wasn't over the defense. He said that another coach would come down. A couple weeks later the defensive coordinator came down and watched some film and he said that he liked me. I guess they talked and decided to offer me on Monday.
"I know that they were interested in me, so I wasn't surprised, but I was just as happy. I have to take a visit up there and see how I like. I need to do more research, but they're definitely up there. The name of the school definitely makes it better."
Notre Dame may have offered Noble just in time. Prior to Monday he had already formed a preliminary top-five.
"I think I have 13 offers," he said. "The main group before Notre Dame offered was Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Penn State, Virginia and Wake Forest. Now Notre Dame is definitely in there.
"All those schools have real good engineering schools which is what stands out about those schools and why I like them a lot."
Any field of engineering is a challenge, but Noble has decided that he wants to tackle one of the most challenging.
"It's just one of those things," Noble explained. "I had a project that I was doing for a class. I happened to click on nuclear engineering and it really caught my eye. I've been researching it for a couple years and I really want to do that.
"The one thing about knowing what you want to major in early is that you know what you have to do to be prepared for it before you actually go to college. You have to take higher level math classes like calculus in high school, rather than waiting until college. I think that's a plus.
Noble has his mind set on his major, now he needs to focus on where he'll study nuclear engineering. He has already visited N.C. State, Virginia, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech. Dominique would like to visit Notre Dame and Penn State this summer. If things work out, he'd like to have a decision made before he begins his senior season.
"I kind of do, but if I'm not really feeling like I‘m making the right decision, then I'm going to wait and hold off a little longer," he said. "It's all about making the right decision, because it is the next four years of my life."
Noble Has High Aspirations
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