The LSU Tigers appear to be on the fast track to recruiting talented 4-star 2014 receiver Speedy Noil.
According to Sonny Shipp of 247Sports.com, Noil will be at LSU this weekend to watch them take on the undefeated South Carolina Gamecocks. He also reports that Noil has a good vibe going with the LSU staff and likes how they try to involve wideouts in the game:
Noil, who has also visited Texas unofficially, says his relationship with (Coach Frank) 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.”
247Sports also has other big-time schools like Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Oregon and Texas listed as making offers to Noil, amongst other schools, but it appears as if at least for now, the Tigers have the advantage.
Their greatest point of emphasis may be proximity. Noil is from New Orleans, so LSU is obviously the big home-state program for him. Baton Rouge is only about an hour-and-a-half away from New Orleans, which is a fairly easy commute for Noil, but also for any family and friends that would want to watch him play.
That said, I wouldn't disregard how important his connection with the coaching staff is, though. Remember, recruits can choose who they play for, not just what school they play for.
Why would a recruit want to play for a coach he doesn't necessarily connect with? The decision to commit to a school is so much more than football, mind you. You're essentially picking your family for the next three to four years, and a coaching staff plays a huge role in molding that family.
Believe me, the difference between playing for coaches you respect and can rally behind and playing for coaches that you feel like you are stuck with is gigantic. It can have a negative impact on not just your psyche, but your play on the field.
This doesn't seem to be the case with Noil and LSU, though. His quotes indicate that he's feeling good about the Tigers staff, and that's a connection that will end up giving them the upper-hand in recruiting.
That gives them the ultimate inside track for the talented 2014 wideout.