Pros and Cons of 5-Star WR/ATH Speedy Noil's Top 5 Schools
Speedy Noil is one of the most exciting high school football players in the country. The versatile prospect plays for Edna Karr High School in New Orleans. He terrorizes Louisiana competition as a quarterback, running back, receiver and returner.
Noil, who is 5'10.5" and weighs 176 pounds, has blazing speed, exceptional quickness and is as elusive with the ball as any recruit in America. He is coveted on the recruiting trail by many schools, but as Randy Chambers of Bleacher Report pointed out, Noil tweeted a top five list on July 16.
Each school on his list is a great program. Noil must decide whether he wants to stay in his native state, go to another SEC school or even head west.
The Gators are constantly in the hunt for the SEC East Division, SEC and national title. Florida annually has one of the most talented rosters in the country and has a rabid fanbase. Gainesville is a great location to receive the full SEC college experience.
Offensive coordinator Brent Pease runs a pro-style offense, which will put Noil in multiple formations and prepare him for the NFL. The Gators, who have a commitment from stud quarterback Will Grier, have a big need for offensive playmakers, especially at the receiver position.
Noil would also face great competition in practice. Florida routinely signs elite defensive back recruits.
The Gators' passing attack has not set the world on fire over the past several seasons. Will Muschamp is a defensive-minded head coach, and he may be too conservative to fully unleash Noil.
Oregon is a winning Pac-12 program that plays a fast style of football that caters to Noil's strengths. The Ducks are known for their fast-break spread offense, which is based on getting the football to speedy players in space. Not many schools can offer Noil what Oregon can offensively.
The Ducks have exceptional facilities. They truly take care of their football players. The campus is nice, and Noil may even be able to contribute to Oregon's great track program as a sprinter.
Of course the Ducks also wear a cool uniform every week.
Eugene is not close to New Orleans, and Noil may be in for a culture change. Pac-12 football is not shown often in Louisiana. New head coach Mark Helfrich still faces questions about if he can sustain former coach Chip Kelly's success.
If there is a program that can rival Oregon's offense on Noil's list, it is Texas A&M. Kevin Sumlin runs a potent spread offense that has proven it can score points in the SEC.
The Aggies have a ton of young talent, a commitment from quarterback Kyle Allen and an insanely passionate fanbase. They would allow Noil to stay in the South and play in the SEC for a coach who likes to have fun while winning.
Noil would be the ideal receiver to pair with 2013 signee Ricky Seals-Jones. He would also form a dynamic returning duo with 2013 signee LaQuvionte Gonzalez.
Signing with the Aggies would mean Noil would have to battle juggernauts LSU and Alabama just to win the SEC West. Sumlin could leave for an NFL team before Noil graduates.
The Trojans have a history of winning and outstanding talent on their roster. They reside in the great city of Los Angeles. Noil would get to play on a big stage, in good weather and for a program the local citizens view as their NFL team.
USC's pro-style offense would surely prepare Noil to be a pro, and the Trojans have shown they are not afraid to play true freshmen.
The facilities at USC are outstanding, a degree from the university stands out on a resume and the alumni take care of each other at all times. The Trojans have three talented quarterbacks on campus, including 2013 signee Max Browne.
USC is not as dominant or feared as it was in the past. Lane Kiffin is on the hot seat and could be gone before Noil signs his letter of intent, let alone graduates. Also, Noil will have to decide if he wants to play in a big city such as Los Angeles.
LSU offers Noil the chance to stay in his home state, play in front of his family and win. The Tigers are one of the top programs in not just the SEC, but in the country.
Les Miles is a player's coach. He has a funny personality and always keeps the mood light. LSU has an electric game-day atmosphere and one of the most intense fanbases in all of sports.
He will be surrounded by excellent talent, and Miles has brought in several solid quarterbacks over the past three recruiting cycles. Noil would surely play as a true freshman and could be a living legend in Louisiana after just one solid season in Baton Rouge.
Noil must decide if he wants to deal with the pressure of being "The Man" at his local in-state program.
Also, LSU is not known for offensively lighting up scoreboards. Noil must keenly watch how new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron runs the Tigers' offense in 2013.