The nation’s No. 1 wide receiver recruit, Speedy Noil (New Orleans, La. Edna Karr) was believed to be an LSU lean over the Texas A&M Aggies for months, but during the week of the Under Armour All-American game that belief began to wane a bit as the Aggies began to steal the momentum.
The 6-11, 176-pound wide receiver ended his recruitment today as he was the first to announce his college plans at the game and picked the Aggies over in-state LSU saying it felt like home for him.
Noil was highly intrigued by the offense run in College Station where he is a perfect fit as he could put up prolific numbers in that system and also rejoins former prep teammate Noel Ellis. Prior to the announcement it was believed his immediate family wanted him to remain close to home.
There has been a lot of talk about Noil and his high school teammate Gerald Willis (who will announce later today) playing for the same school, so we should know very soon if that will come to fruition with Willis joining him in College Station.
Noil visited Texas A&M for his official visit early in the year on Sept. 13 and received an in-home visit from Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin before the dead period started. His LSU official visit was on Dec. 6.
LSU losing Noil is a blow as they have four other targets who have LSU in their final group, so they will hope to regroup and pick up the next four. Also losing Noil puts added emphasis on securing a commitment from Malachi Dupre, the No. 2 wide receiver in the nation and a standout at John Curtis high in New Orleans.
Noil did everything offensively for Karr this season as he threw it, ran it and caught the ball for one of the top teams in the state. His impact on college will be in the slot as a slot receiver.
Noil was one of the biggest stars at this summer’s high school all-star camp, The Opening when his combination of speed, strength and agility had scouts and players alike in awe.
Now we will see that impressive set of skills in the SEC west and likely very early in his freshman season.
To check out that set of skill, you can watch the highlights from his past season here.