Greensburg Central Catholic quarterback Bobby Noble impressed many observers at this past weekend's Badger Sports New Level Athletics 7-on-7 passing tournament. It's not the first time Noble has impressed at an event like this.
Noble went out to Tempe, Arizona for an Under Armour combine, where he drew some praise from a former Heisman Trophy winner.
"I was written up by Ty Detmer is ESPN Magazine, as one of the top quarterbacks at the camp," Noble said.
Noble's dad played at Arizona State in the early 1970s under legendary head coach Frank Kush. He combined the trip to the combine with a look at Arizona State. After the combine, he ran into Kush.
"I went up and talked football with him, and he remembered my dad," Noble added. "We tossed the football around."
It's possible that Noble might get back out to Arizona State for another visit, but there have also been a number of schools closer to home that have started to inquire. He has been to Pitt for a prospect camp last summer, and was one of about 40 junior at Pitt's junior day last month. After meeting with some of the Pitt coaches and taking a quick glimpse at Pitt's new offensive system, Noble came away impressed.
"I went to junior day and met with quarterbacks coach Todd Dodge, I like his philosophies," Noble said. "They discuss what they're going to do this upcoming year. They're trying to get close to 85 plays a year, which I like. The quarterback can pass the ball a lot. It's a lot different than what I do in high school, but I can adapt to it."
"Temple asked me to come to their junior day in a couple weeks," Noble said. "N.C. State came up and visited. They wanted me and my receiver, Justin Kempka, to come down to go to their camp and go to their spring practice. Maryland, Pitt, and then Michigan State talked to my dad."
Noble quarterbacked a team by the name of Small Ball, leading them deep into the championship round on Sunday of the tournament. The team consisted of him and Kempka, as well as several other local players.
"We just started; threw a bunch of kids together who are from around here," Noble said. "We practiced probably two or three times, came out here and did our thing. We thought we'd go to some colleges and do their 7-on-7s, and some open 7-on-7s. Our second game was against a team called Max Assassins. Off the ball, they were pretty good."
Noble feels performing against this type of competition, and doing it well, will help him even more in terms of development and exposure. "A lot," Noble said. "Those are the kids that are going to be at the next level."
As a junior last season at Greensburg Central Catholic, Noble threw for over 700 yards and 15 touchdown passes in an offense that is based primarily on running the ball.