BYU/UCLA is Big Game for Van Noy

Kyle Van Noy, the 6-4, 202-pound linebacker prospect from Reno (Nev.) McQueen, has two of the schools on his list of favorites -- UCLA and BYU -- facing each other this weekend, and Van Noy talks about his recruitment...

Kyle Van Noy, the 6-foot-4, 202-pound four-star linebacker/wide receiver from McQueen High School in Reno, Nev., has started his season off with a bang.

He had one catch for a 39-yard score and on defense he finished with eight tackles and three sacks in McQueen's 43-13 victory over Sprague High School. Sprague was visiting all the way from Salem, Oregon. Next up for McQueen is Carson High School.

Van Noy, ranked as the No. 9 weakside linebacker in the country by, still has 10 scholarship offers and continues to deny a leader. He favors Colorado, BYU, Arizona State, Boise State, UCLA and Oregon. All of his favorites have offered, except for the Bruins and Ducks.

"UCLA and Oregon are still definitely recruiting me," Van Noy said. "There are a lot of schools that are recruiting me that haven't offered yet.

"I know that Oregon is trying to find a position for me," he said. "They have their linebacker spots filled, but I think they like me on offense."

The Bruins, on the other hand, are recruiting Van Noy strictly as a linebacker. He says he was quite impressed with UCLA's upset victory over Tennessee in their opening game.

"That was a huge upset," he said. "My coaches have been saying it's all about the SEC and how great the SEC is, but I know the Pac-10 isn't a joke and can be contenders.

"I think coach Rick Neuheisel is just going to keep making them better," Van Noy said.

Another team that really impressed Van Noy in their opening game was BYU. "They had a great game," he said. "They really beat them (Northern Iowa) pretty good and I think they've got a great chance to go undefeated this year.

"It's funny how people seem to hate on BYU," he said. "Every year they keep winning and yet is still surprises people. They beat Oregon two years ago in a bowl game and last year they beat UCLA in a bowl game and that's supposed to be shocking. They are a great team."

The Cougars are the only school from his favorites that Van Noy has actually visited thus far, although he has already set up official visits for Colorado on Oct. 4 when they take on Texas and BYU on Jan. 10.

"I really like coach Dan Hawkins at Colorado," he said. "He's cool and they offered me real early and have been after me hard since the beginning.

"They told me that I could probably start as a freshman for them and says he likes how physical I am and how well I run."

Van Noy says he doesn't plan on deciding until after his season. "I'd like to take my visits before making a decision," he said. "I don't want to rush into anything.

"I'm looking for a program that is family-oriented and where the players hang out and have a good bond," he said. "My religion will also be a factor."

Van Noy is LDS and although he says he doesn't plan on going on his mission, he affirms that his religion is important to him and will be a consideration.

He reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 1200 SAT, which he is retaking this fall.

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