Cornerback prospect Jalen Noble, who is 2012 recruiting class target for the Army staff, is all to familiar with the surroundings of West Point on several levels.
The swift 5-foot-11, 180 defender is type student-athlete that could transition into the program and hit the ground running.
"I went up there the beginning of summer for a leadership camp," Noble shared with GBK. "I've been up there a couple of times before .... my dad actually graduated from West Point. This will be his 25th year anniversary, so I want to say '86' is when he graduated."
And it was during the summer that the Black Knights made it clear to Noble of their level of interest in his talents. "They offered sorta after I left that camp this summer," he adds. "I met with the coaches and stuff, went to a couple of camps and they knew my 40 time and vertical. Then they watched my tape and they extended an offer out to me."
It is clear that Noble understands that playing for Army and attending West Point is a both a unique challenge and opportunity.
So, what is Noble's level of interest in Army? "My whole life I've been around the Black Knights because my dad is an alumni," says the prospect out of Blacklick (Ohio) St. Francis DeSales High School. "It does mean a lot to me to have an offer from them or any service academy. I think it's a huge commitment, but also a great opportunity."
I picture myself wearing the Black & Gold sometime and the famous digital NIKE combat uniforms they have.
- Cornerback prospect, Jalen Noble
"I love it up there, so it will come down to if I'm ready to make that commitment to a service academy or attend a regular school," Noble shares.
Other offers on Noble's plate include Air Force and Bowling Green, but he indicated that there are several other programs showing legitimate interest in his talents. "Toledo, Kent State, Miami of Ohio is in the picture a little and some MAC schools," he adds. "I went out to Air Force towards the end of summer this year ... I want to say early August and I went up to Bowling Green for two unofficial visits.
So does Noble have a favorite at this stage of his recruiting? "No, I don't have a favorite right now ... I'm up in the air with the three (his current offers) right now," says Noble. "I'm not really going to make my decision until after the season and sitting down with my family."
Noble is being recruited at Army by fullback & special teams coach, Joe Ross. "We have a good relationship," shares the prospect from the Buckeye state, who has envisioned himself wearing the Army colors. "He was in the school the other day and he obviously looks after me. He calls me about every week."
"When I watched them (Army), I watch their defense a little bit and seeing how their corners play. And picturing in my mind what it would be like if I possibly went there. I know I can make plays and be somebody they could depend on.
I picture myself wearing the Black & Gold sometime and the famous digital NIKE combat uniforms they have."
For the senior Noble, there is some level of excitement to know that there's a possibility that the West Point tradition may continue through his son.
"To have graduated from West Point 25 years ago and to see Jalen have an opportunity, having experienced it first hand and what a service academy education can do for you and a chance to play football here ... I excited about that prospect," shares Bill Noble. "However, at the end of the day, it's his decision."
GoBlackKnights.com will continue to follow the recruiting of Jalen Noble throughout his senior season.
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