Speedy Noil has not been able to check out as many college games in person as he would like. But on Saturday the New Orleans-Edna Karr product will make the short drive up Interstate-10 to take in one of the hottest games of the weekend.
“I’ll be up at the LSU-South Carolina game,” said the 2014 standout receiver. “Both schools have offered and I’m ready to see them go toe to toe. I know I’ll be keeping a close eye on their receivers and how they compete.”
This will be Noil’s third trip to LSU this season as he took in the Washington game and also attended a practice. On both trips he said he got the chance to spend some time with the coach responsible for his recruitment – Frank Wilson.
“He makes me feel like they want me bad, but he also talks to me a lot about school and it’s not just all about football,” said Noil, who reports a 3.5 grade point average. “He doesn’t even use the fact that he is close to me and my family and saying that I have to go to LSU. I respect him for that because he doesn’t put any pressure on me.”
Noil, who has also visited Texas unofficially, says his relationship with Wilson and the rest of the staff is one thing that stands out with LSU. Something else that he likes may come as a surprise to some.
“I like the coaching staff a lot and how they try to get the ball to the wide receivers,” said Noil. “I know they don’t always make the plays because things happen and that’s how it is with football. But, I can see if I was in that offense I would get chances to make plays.”
Noil estimates that he has more than 25 offers and his list includes the likes of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, Texas, Texas A&M, Oregon, and a number of others.
His latest offer came from USC a couple of weeks ago and that was another one that grabbed his attention.
“That meant a lot because they always have good receivers and good quarterbacks,” Noil said. “As a receiver you can see yourself making a lot of plays in that offense. They’re definitely on my list now.”
Noil listed the schools that are recruiting him the hardest as LSU, Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss, Miami, Texas, Texas A&M, Oregon and Baylor. He knows that he has a lot of time to figure things out on the recruiting front and he says he will not rush things.
“I’m looking at schools to see who is making plays and who is out there competing,” said Noil. “I’ve seen like Alabama, LSU, Florida, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Tulane, Nebraska, Ohio State, and several others so far this year. I watch a lot of football because I want to see for myself what all of these coaches tell me about what they do.
“I haven’t really gotten to the point of looking to see what each school offers outside of football other than LSU because I’ve been there so much. Once I like what they do on the field I will start to break them down more. But, I have a lot of time to figure all of that out.”