Meet Terps safety commit Jordan Noil


January 31, 2014|By Jonas Shaffer, The Baltimore Sun

With national signing day only days away, preview the Terps' class of 2014 with a handy, commit-by-commit guide. Prospect profiles will run all the way through Wednesday (Feb. 5), when players can officially sign a national letter of intent. (SEE THEM ALL HERE.)

Name: Jordan Noil (AKA @JNoil_13)

Position: Safety

Measurables: 6 feet 3, 175 pounds

High school: Norcross (Ga.)

Recruiter: Lyndon Johnson

Finalists: Kansas State

Rankings: 247: 3*, No. 187 S

Rivals: 3*

ESPN: 3*, No. 178 S

Stats/honors: 55 tackles, five interceptions, eight passes defended; third-team All-County

Quoted for emphasis: "I put him on the field and ask Jordan to go get the football. We don’t ask him to go knock the hell out of people."

Breakdown: Unlike just about every player in this recruiting class, Noil was not the best football player at his high school last season. He was probably not the second best. Or the third best, either, for that matter. This is not because of some clerical error. The Terps did not FedEx a scholarship offer to the wrong guy at the school. They just happened to recruit at Norcross, a place that is to BCS schools what the Chesapeake Bay is to crab houses. The Gwinnett Daily Post's Defensive Player of the Year last season was Kevin Mouhon, a four-star Norcross senior linebacker. Teammate Lorenzo Carter, a first-team all-county defensive lineman, is a consensus top-50 player. Eleven Norcross players in all were named all-county, for which Noil was a third-team pick. If that accolade was at all disappointing, there was consolation in a state championship. Noil had an interception in the final, his third in as many playoff games, as the Blue Devils romped to a 31-14 win. After Noil led Norcross with six interceptions in 2012, only teammate Ridwan Issahaku had more for last season, and even that was understandable: Issahaku is going D-I, too.

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