Huskies pick up big defensive lineman

It's been a busy week for the Washington coaching staff. While preparing for the end of their summer workouts that will culminate on Saturday with the annual spring game, the Husky coaching staff picked up two commitments for the 2008 class as well. Local standout Vince Taylor committed on Thursday and it was found out recently, that Taft DT/OL Craig Noble committed earlier in the week.

"I actually committed to coach (Chris) Tormey on Tuesday," Noble told "It was really great because he was having a barbeque over at his house with some of his players and when I told him I wanted to be a Husky he yelled out to everyone 'Hey, we've got another Husky'.

"After he said that, everyone there started clapping and yelling and barking. It was pretty cool."

As a sophomore at Taft, Noble earned All-Conference honors at guard, so as a junior last year, he didn't play much on defense.

"I was only over there part-time last year so my stats weren't that great, but I did have 21 tackles," Noble said. "This year, I'm playing both ways all game. No one will be taking me out of there if I have anything to say about it."

The Huskies have told Noble they like him at defensive tackle, but left open the possibility he may move should the need arise for his services on the other side of the ball.

"Hey, I'll play anywhere," Noble said with a laugh. "I just want out on that field and if that means I play offense, then I will be happy to do that too."

Noble chose Washington over an offer from Ole Miss and heavy interest from Arizona and Oregon State.

"Ever since I was a freshman, I wanted to be a Husky," Noble said. "I can't really come up with a reason why I chose them, I just always rooted for them, no matter who they were playing."

Noble knows one of his soon-to-be former teammates will be lining up as an offensive lineman for one of the Huskies' chief rivals this coming fall.

"Darrion (Weems) and I are friends and we had great competitions in practice," Noble said. "I know it made me better and I think I did that for him too.

"We've already been talking a lot of junk to each other about whose team will win and stuff like that. It's good natured, but I'm not taking any guff like that."

Noble, who has an outgoing personality, said he would now work on some of the souther California recruits that Washington his looking at as well.

"Oh yeah, I'll be working the phones and stuff like that," Noble said. "Leroy Bray is one of our corners that the coaches saw some film on and I think they are going to start recruiting him.

"I'm also really close with Exavier Johnson and Milton Knox from Birmingham and I'm going to talk to them about the Huskies," Noble said. "I want to help bring in good plays so that we can work our way toward winning a championship. Anyway I can help, I'll do that."

We'll have a video interview with Noble on Sunday as he will be in Los Angeles at the Scout combine held at the Home Depot Center.

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