Kyle Van Noy, the 6-foot-4, 202-pound four-star linebacker/wide receiver from McQueen High School in Reno, Nev., took his first official visit last weekend to Colorado for the Texas game.
"It was real good," Van Noy said. "But my favorite thing was how many people came up to me an knew who I was. It was a great feeling because nobody ever really talks about Nevada being a big football state and I didn't think they'd know who I was."
As previously reported, Van Noy's player host was freshman linebacker John Major. "I had fun hanging out with him," he said. "He a shy dude but a real cool person to be around. I liked seeing the campus and the new business school is great. That's what I want to major in.
"I also really like coach Dan Hawkins," Van Noy said. "He's doing a great job there and they are still a young team and I think they'll be real good in the next few years. They should be an awesome team."
Van Noy, ranked as the No. 9 weakside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, still denies a leader but favors Arizona State, No. 9 BYU, No. 15 Boise State, Colorado and UCLA. All of his favorites have offered (11 total).
"I'm still giving everyone a shot," he said. "I won't name a favorite until after my visits. I think it's only fair to take all my visits before I commit. I'll compare everything about them all, but it'll come down to where my heart feels is right."
Van Noy's most recent offer is from UCLA. "I really like (secondary) coach Tim Hauck and (offensive line) coach Bob Palcic," he said. "They said they want me for strong safety or outside linebacker and told me that I could come in and play early.
"I know UCLA is still rebuilding," he said. "They beat Tennessee and are still improving. They've had a lot of injuries and have struggled, but I think coach Rick Neuheisel is going to do a great job there."
One team that the Bruins lost to this season is BYU, another one of Van Noy's favorites. "BYU has actually impressed me the most this season," he said. "They play as a team and never give up. Plus, they could be a BCS buster this year."
Another potential "BCS buster" in Van Noy's top five is Boise State. "They are playing as well as anybody else in the country," he said. "I really like coach Chris Peterson because he's young and is willing to try new things."
Van Noy's friend, Alex Lavoy, plays linebacker for the Broncos. "He says that Boise is a great college football town and a lot of fun," he said. "The program there is still getting better and better and it's a good opportunity to play."
Another coach that stands out in Van Noy's mind is Arizona State's tight end coach Dan Cozzetto. "I really like how coach Cozzetto talks to me," he said. "He's a nice guy and always sees how I'm doing and talks about me and asks me questions. He's a soft-spoken guy and I like that."
The Sun Devils were recruiting Van Noy as a wide receiver initially, but now want him as an outside linebacker. Now the only school that is still recruiting him for both offense and defense is BYU.
"I'd really like to try and play both ways in college if I can," he said.
Van Noy has helped lead his team to a perfect 5-0 record with 10 sacks and 5 touchdowns (three receiving and two on defense).
He 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.
Van Noy reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 1200 SAT, which he is retaking Nov. 1.