October 31, 2011

Noble generating heavy interest

One senior on the rise in the state of Ohio is Columbus De Sales defensive back Jalen Noble. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect is having a big season for the Stallions on defense and special teams. Noble currently holds three offers and is hearing from a handful of other programs as the word gets out about his outstanding senior campaign.

"I have (offers from) Air Force, Army, and Bowling Green," he said. "I have a few other schools that are interested, Kent State, Toledo, Miami (OH), and Navy."

Linebackers coach Marcus Freeman recruits the Central Ohio area for Kent State and he is Noble's lead recruiter. Noble and Freeman have struck up a good relationship so far as the Flashes continue to evaluate the athletic defender.

"I talk to him every week, he's a great guy," Noble said. "I like the staff a lot and I like everything about Kent State."

Having a Father who served in the military and graduated from West Point, Noble also holds a special place in his heart for the service academies.

"I still love Air Force and Army so there's no big difference (between those two and the other schools), except that they are service academies," he explained. "It's a big commitment I have coming up and I just want to take it slow and see how my season goes."

Noble and his team finished the regular season 6-3 with a 31-14 win over Cleveland Benedictine on Friday night. Noble made several outstanding plays in the game, but none were bigger than his punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter to break a 7-7 tie.

"The past two weeks I've had punt returns for touchdowns and they keep getting called back," he said. "I'm getting more comfortable back there as the season progresses. The first punt I returned tonight, I got about 15 yards and I knew I could get one (for a touchdown). The second return came, I caught the ball, it was 7-7 on the scoreboard and it was just a momentum play. We needed a play and I broke through the first line and just had to use my moves to get in the open field and I scored."

Noble also did a more than admirable job against Benedictine's standout receiver Mike Roberts. Roberts is one of the biggest and most physical receivers in Ohio and Noble certainly held his own.

"I don't know how much he weighs but he's about 6-foot-5, at least," Noble said. "It was a physical game and a lot of talking going on and it was a good match-up. I enjoyed every minute of it, it was a good challenge and I like to play against the best players on the field. I think that I did a good job."

Noble and De Sales will host Caledonia River Valley (7-3) on Friday night in the first round of the OHSAA playoffs.

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