December 21, 2011

Flashes near the top for Noble

With somewhere in the range of six to eight scholarships left for Kent State, one of the positions that is being heavily targeted down the stretch is the defensive secondary. Columbus (Ohio) DeSales cornerback Jalen Noble is right at the top of the recruiting board at his position and has recently met with two members of the Kent State coaching staff.

"Coach (Marcus) Freeman came to my house last Wednesday (for an in-home visit) and coach Freeman and coach (Darrell) Hazell came to my school for a meeting (last week)," said Noble. "It was good. I like the coaching staff a lot. I haven't been up to Kent State to see a game but I like the coaching staff a lot and coach Hazell is a great guy and we just talked about what it's like to go to Kent State."

The Flashes sit in Noble's top group of schools right now as the talented athlete starts to narrow his focus.

"Army, Air Force, Kent State, Navy, those are the schools that I'm looking at right now," he said. "Miami (Ohio) is in it, they haven't offered yet, but they're interested. Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern, I still talk to those schools and it's just kind of a waiting game with them."

Noble continued that all of the schools in the above list are still in the mix with one school holding a slight edge at this point in time.

"I'm pretty open right now," he said. "Army is just a little bit ahead because I've grown up around them and of course my Dad went there. I think they have a slight lead but I think when I take my official visits that it will change things up more."

West Point is a special place to the Noble family, and whether or not Noble ends up there, he will always appreciate being recruited by the Black Knights.

"My Dad actually went to Army and he played wide receiver there," he explained. "He didn't get recruited out of high school, he went to their Prep School and decided to join the football team and he was on the varsity football team after his prep school year. I think it's as important to him as it is to me to be recruited by Army, it's just an honor."

Noble has been busy putting his official visit schedule together and while things are always subject to change, he has three big trips to make in January.

"Right now I have my official visits set," he explained. "January 6th I'm going to Air Force, the 20th I'm going to Kent State, and the weekend after that I'm going to Army."

Noble is one of the faster rising seniors in Ohio right now as he took his game to the next level from his junior to his senior season.

"My junior year was a little disappointing for me because we got knocked out in the first round," Noble said. "A few schools started coming in to talk to me and I kind of figured that I had a shot to play college football but I think the hard work that I put in during the off-season, getting faster and stronger, and that got my mentality up to not just go through the motions and to set a goal of playing in college. I wanted to win games and make a difference on the field and I think that showed in most of my games (as a senior)."

Noble added that he will likely make a final decision on National Signing Day.


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