Noble Still Has Two Schools

Craig Noble, the 6-3, 275-pound defensive tackle from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, has the school he's verbally committed to, Washington, playing against the only other school he's still considering, UCLA, this weekend...

Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft defensive tackle Craig Noble (6-3, 275) says he remains a soft verbal to Washington, but he's still keeping his options open, and since September 1st, a few schools have been calling him.

"Washington has been calling me of course, but so have Colorado, Nevada and UCLA," said Noble. "The last three haven't offered me, but they all said they're very interested in me."

Noble said, though, that aside from the Huskies, the only school among those he has reciprocal interest in is hometown UCLA.

"I'm still a soft verbal to Washington, but UCLA is really the only other school I'm looking at," said Noble. "I talked to Coach (Bob) Connelly and he said to keep at it and to keep doing work in the classroom and they'll talk to me."

That has been where the snag with Noble and UCLA has been, preventing an offer from being extended. "They told me they needed me to do some more work this year before they were to offer me," said Noble. "They know I can do it on the field, but I have to take care of some grades this semester and get my SAT all set."

And if Noble does take care of business in this classroom, and UCLA were to offer, would that change his mind? "I don't know. I really like Washington and the coaches have been real cool with me. I'd have to talk with my mom about it," said Noble.

This weekend, Noble will get a chance to see both of his favorite schools in action when he attends the UW-UCLA game at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night.

"This will be my first game at the Rose Bowl this year," said Noble. "I didn't get to go to the BYU game because we had Saturday practice, but we play on Thursday this week, so we won't have practice and then I can go. I'm looking forward to seeing both teams."

Noble is still questionable for Taft's game with Kennedy on Thursday, the result of a minor knee injury he suffered in practice. "We were doing the sleds and I planted my foot and I guess I went too far under the sled and I hurt my knee," said Noble. "It feels fine but they're going to check on it today and see if I can get cleared for Thursday. I just don't want to come back and do something stupid to it so I might sit it out. I know some coaches are coming though to watch."

Taft won their first game this past weekend, a 7-0 defensive struggle against Westchester, and Noble said they're slowly but surely making the adjustment to a new coaching staff. "We're a little shaky, but we're still competing," said Noble. "I've got 16 tackles in two games, and that's almost what I had last year, when I had 21. I'm getting double- and triple-teamed a lot, but I'm stopping the run. It's tiring, though, because I play left guard so I don't come off the field very much."

A four-star defensive tackle, Noble is ranked #12 nationally at the position and is the #1 DT in California.

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