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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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