Connecticut landed a talented prospect today when Rochester (NY) East athlete Justin Noye pulled the trigger during an unofficial visit. Several schools were after Noye's services, but the Huskies have always stood out. The main reason is that they were the only school recruiting him on the offensive side of the ball.
Head coach Paul Pasqualoni envisions Noye playing some receiver, wildcat quarterback, and playing in other areas to take advantage of his speed and athleticism.
"They were the team that wanted to put the ball in my hands," Noye said. "All the rest of the teams wanted me to play defensive back or linebacker. That was a big thing for me."
Noye committed to Coach P himself and it took the veteran by surprise. It was a welcomed revelation, however.
"I committed to the head coach, Coach Pasqualoni," Noye explained. "He was shocked because he didn't think I was going to commit today. He just said it was special and he was just surprised by it."
Noye's relationship with Coach P has been growing for some time. It was a huge factor in his decision, and one of the reasons he felt comfortable enough to commit was how the two have bonded during the recruiting process.
"With Coach P, I have great things to say about him," Noye claimed. "Since he was at Syracuse before and everything. I just love the way he coaches and goes about things. He's a good person at heart. One of the main things he said is that he's going to help me graduate.
"That's one thing about him is that he always makes sure that you graduate. That's a good thing. I only have good things to say about him. We're real close. The coaches are good people. I like them a lot."
With the excitement of making a final decision comes relief that the process has reached a conclusion. The 6-foot-3 prospect is looking forward to his final year of high school football, and his career at the next level.
"I'm real happy to have made my decision and have the process done with," Noye admitted. "It's a relief. Especially because now I don't have to talk to schools anymore because I was getting messages every day. Now I can just focus on my senior year and concentrate on that.
"I want to graduate. I want to work get my degree and work hard at the next level. Connecticut fans are going to see a show. It's going to be exciting and we're going to do big things. It's going to be a show."