Trip Report: Craig Noble

One of the key players in Washington's best recruiting class in years is Taft (Woodland Hills, Ca.) DT/DE Craig Noble. The talented pass-rusher finally made his first trek north to take a look at the school he committed to over nine months ago and he said he loved every minute of his time on Montlake.

"It was great, it was good," Noble told on Monday. "I had a lot of fun and spent a lot of time getting to know the players and the coaches and where I'm going to be spending my time the next few years.

"There are some really great guys on that team and they are all really close and they made me feel at home right away."

Noble's host on his visit was DT Tyrone Duncan and he said the young defender from southern California showed him around and helped him understand what life is like as a Husky football player.

"We played Madden and Guitar Hero in the players' lounge," Noble said with a laugh. "It was cool just hanging with the other players and having fun.

"The highlight though was when the took us out on the field at night and that stadium is just amazing. It was cool because they played a highlight video and it just gave me chills thinking about playing on that field."

Noble has been recruited by the Huskies as a defensive tackle, but he said he's open to play defensive end and the coaches have told him he could end up there as well.

"With my size right now, I might need to play end, it just sorta depends on how much bigger I get before I get back up there for camp."

So what does Noble weigh now?

"Well, I was 280 when I left to go up there, but I think I gained 10 pounds on my visit from all the food," Noble said with a chuckle. "I'll probably show up there weighing about 285 or 290 though and then it depends on what the coaches want to do.

"Honestly, I don't care where I play, I just want the chance to play and to help the team get back to bowl games. That's the history of the program and they've been missing them for too long in my opinion."

Noble said he hopes to make it up to Seattle for the Spring Game in April.

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