Noble says Washington is where he wants to be

Back in April, Taft DT Craig Noble was a relative unknown quantity in the age of internet recruiting coverage. We knew of him, but hadn't seen enough of him to make a judgement on his talent level and skills. Then came his day at the Scout Los Angeles Combine where he broke out with an outstanding day and several schools began to stand up and take notice...

Washington linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Chris Tormey thought enough of Noble to make an offer to the big man from southern California before his breakout performance and Noble reciprocated the interest by committing to the Huskies.

However, after his big day at the Home Depot Center against USC-commit Matt Kalil, where he won all but one of his one-on-ones with's top tackle prospect, Noble began to receive interest from programs across the country.

"I really wanted to see what else was out there and who else was interested in me," Noble told recently. "That's why I sorta made myself a soft-commit to Washington, because it was all sorta new to me and I just wanted to make sure I knew that I was making the right decision.

"But after I looked at things and saw what was out there, who was interested in me and why they were interested in me, Washington is where I want to be and I'm going to firm everything up when I go up there."

So does that make Noble solid to Washington?

"Yeah you can make me a solid commit to them," Noble said. "They are where I want to be and I know I can go in there and challenge for playing time right away.

"They've been my favorite school for a while, basically since I started watching football, and I just want to get up there to check things out and see Seattle and the area and the school to make it official, but I'm solid to Washington."

Noble has watched every Husky game so far this year and says he's liked the way they've performed and was a little disappointed they didn't beat USC.

"They came so close to winning that game," Noble said. "Man, it was just a back-and-forth game and they almost pulled it out.

"It just showed me how far they've come and that they are only getting better. They knocked SC down to number two with the way they played and SC is a great team. For them to be in that game to the end says a lot about them and what direction they are heading."

Tormey and head coach Tyrone Willingham have both made calls to Noble over the past few weeks and he said his relationship with the staff is one that is only getting better and better.

"They're good coaches and just good guys all around," Noble said. "They told me they want players who are ready to come in and challenge for time right away and I told them I was going to do that.

"That's been one of my goals for a while. I want to play as a freshman and if I'm better than the guys there already I just want the chance to prove myself."

Noble missed Taft's game last week, a 35-14 loss to Banning, because of a minor knee injury, but he said he's good-to-go for this week's game against San Fernando.

"It's fine and I probably could have played last week, but my coaches wanted me to be 100-percent so they decided it was best to hold me out," Noble said. "I'm playing nose tackle so I'm getting double and triple-teamed on every play and my leg needs to be 100-percent to hold up against that."

Noble said he's managed to post 16 tackles to go along with a fumble recovery, but hasn't been able to post a sack yet.

"It's okay because our system wants me to clog the middle and be a run-stopper," Noble said. "It's not as fun as rushing the quarterback, but if it helps us win then I can do that and be happy."

Noble expects to take the ACT on October 27th and said he'd like to set up his official visit to Washington for the end of the season, but admitted he may schedule it for early December.

We'll have more from Noble in the coming weeks.

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