Sticking with a Noble decision

Your SoonersIllustrated crew continues to bring you the latest in Oklahoma team and recruiting news. Today, we take a look at Oklahoma commitment Daniel Noble from Flower Mound Marcus High School. SI caught up with him for a follow-up interview.

When an athlete gives a verbal commitment, because it is non-binding, there are times when athletes look into other options while giving their word to the initial school of choice. But for someone like Flower Mound (TX) Marcus defensive tackle Daniel Noble, there is no looking back.

Noble was Oklahoma's first commit for the class of 2010 and it seems as though that decision made back in January still holds a lot of weight as the summer months are upon us.

"I remember when I got back from the first junior day I was so impressed. It just seemed like the right place for me so I committed," Noble said. "The spring game was the last time I was in Norman. I am set and the coaches know that I am committed. I wanted to make sure that they knew that."

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Noble held true to that January decision despite receiving one more offer since his commitment from Kansas. Before choosing the Sooners, Noble had Wisconsin, Stanford, Texas Tech, Auburn, Arizona, and Baylor all in pursuit of him.

The communication between Noble and the Oklahoma coaches is constant and he said that assistant coach Jackie Shipp is the man he keeps the most contact with. 

"I usually call coach Shipp at least once a week. He and I have a nice relationship," Noble said. "That is good to have that connection with your coach because I will spend the next 4-5 years of my life there (at Oklahoma). We are pretty close and I feel I can talk to him about anything. It was good to see him in person at the spring game so that we can really get to know each other."

And even though the spring game was some time ago, Noble reflected back on a few things that caught his attention.

"The atmosphere was great. There were a lot of people there," Noble said. "I got the chance to watch the defense and watched Gerald McCoy and see what kind of fronts we run. He (McCoy) comes off the ball hard and uses his hands well. That was impressive.

"I saw a lot of recruits there as well."

Of course many know in the nature of recruiting, that not only are the coaches trying to get players to get in with the program, but many times signees and commits do as well. Noble did not mention that he had spoken to a lot of recruits, but come next football season, there are some opponents his team will face that have some Sooner targets.

"I know that we play a few guys who OU is going after and it would be great to land some of these top players," Noble said. "I know that this past year we played Plano West and they have Jackson Jeffcoat and he is a pretty awesome player. It would be cool for Oklahoma to get him."

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