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Jan302005

Noel Devine

If you follow recruiting with any kind of passion, you have probably heard the name Noel Devine.  He is a Florida prep football player with a legendary reputation.  I don't have a whole lot of info about him, but for a while had heard his name and people telling me to go find some video of him.

Well, I've finally run across a highlight tape of his, which we will link below.  I am more than impressed, and apparently he will be just a high school junior this upcoming season.  The highlights look unreal.  Generally the idea is to be very skeptical of high school highlight clips, because high school competition is nothing compared to college, where most games don't even have a legit D-1 player on the field.  That makes it tough to compare guys' abilities to break tackles, relative speed, and so many more aspects of their abilities.

That's why I generally try to find skills that do translate to another level-things like vision, top flight speed (more for skill guys than the regular players), size, quickness of feet, etc.  There isn't always a whole lot to work with.  What I'm getting at is that although the video is amazing, Noel may not be this alltime recruit he's being hyped to be right now.  But he very well could.

I was impressed with how he just blew through the initial wave of defenders, and spent most of his time in the second and third waves, and was outrunning those guys once he had a step.  The video reminded me a lot of what I saw of Ted Ginn Jr. in high school, and somewhat from Reggie Bush.  Those are two huge comparisons.  That said, their videos looked like a lot of other great highlight videos of guys who were barely D-1 players and certainly weren't D-1 stars.  That's the trick, to try and distinguish what's legit and what's not.

My early impression is that Devine looks pretty legit.  Definitely someone to keep an eye on.

Anyway, be sure and check out the link below, and ignore all the pictures to find the video link at the bottom.

Noel Devine

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Reader Comments (23)

Noel Devine is a great person and an awesome football player. everyone that knows him will tell you hes everything any college would want.
July 10, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterFriend of the Man..
Whoever wrote the last comment is completely right about this boy but they left out one thing about him, noel is a great person and football player yes but he is also a dedicated student,"i know this from first hand expierence" there are no words in desribing how much i hope he makes it to were he wants to go and hope that a college somewhere notices him as much as this website does, that boy truely is a real person in everyway.Goodluck Fro!! love ya!
July 10, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterFriend
My dawg fro is every thing! Forget about what all these critics say, that man is agreat football player.As a junior right now at the end of the football season he is bench pressing 380,squating 425, and power cleang 315.Now tell me that is not great for a guy that only weights 180lbs right now.As a friend of his, I think he will go to MIAMI.
November 21, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterTim Powell
Noel is GREAT!
November 21, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterTim Powell
My homeboy fro also runs a 4.12 40yd dash!You can believe it or not, just come to North Fort Myers High School and find out for yourself.Stop looking at the internet. Just come see for yourself!
November 21, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterTim Powell
Yes he's good no doubt about that, but I doubt he runs a 4.12 40 yd dash.
July 31, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterKeenan Oalmer
can he pass the fcat? NO
January 6, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterpaul
i think noel is cute
January 9, 2007 | Unregistered Commentersomeguy
noel runs a 4.35 40 and a 4.1 is almost world record speed so get some info b4 u start making stuff up
January 12, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterme
A 4.12 is not almost world record speed its people out here who ran faster.
January 26, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterexpert
a 4.12 would definitely be the NFL record for the fastest 40 ever i dont know about world records but I am sure it is close to 4.12
February 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterUR mom
tim powell doesnt know what the hell he is talking about he probably doesnt even know Noel devine
February 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterUR mom
hey whens noels devines full senior video guna come out??
February 21, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbyam
noel will be alright, he will get his grades, he's great
March 6, 2007 | Unregistered Commentercmoney
hey kids, all that talk about noel devine going to a d-3 school or whatever, well hes now a student-athlete at west virginia university, alongside pat white and steve slaton... uh oh
July 19, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterfish
yeah he'll got a lot of playing time then won't he fish, as a junior when Slaton graduates...uh-oh
July 31, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterUR mom
Noel Devine is the future of West Virginia University. One of the greatest players to step foot on Mountaineer Field.
October 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterTJ Harper
i think when slaton grads noel will be great as a starter
December 1, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterme
i think when slaton grads noel will be great as a starter
December 1, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterme
Thanks Noel for the awesome performance in the Fiesta Bowl and all year long! We love you in WV!!!!!
January 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

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