Speedy: Six Standing Out

Devante "Speedy" Noil (pics by Chad Simmons)

Devante "Speedy" Noil, the four-star junior from 4A state champ Edna Karr, talks about six colleges that are standing out and much more inside...

Most of the big-name Louisiana juniors are showing off their skills in Texas, Florida or California this week at combines, but Devante Noil decided to stay close to home on the West Bank of New Orleans and concentrate on Edna Karr hoops.

"I wasn't getting basketball playing time at first when football ended because it wouldn't have been fair to the other kids who have been out here," Noil said. "I've been getting more minutes lately and have played in seven games.

"I'm a shooting guard on a young team. We have two 6-5 guys and one 6-3. I'm currently 6-0 and 185 pounds."

Noil has been Karr's starting signal-caller the past two years and "Speedy," as he's known, directed the Cougars to the 4A state title last month.

He has offers from all the marquee college football programs at wide receiver, where Noil is ranked as a four-star prospect by FOXSportsNEXT.com.

"Notre Dame, Texas A&M, LSU, USC, Florida and Georgia are six I've chosen as schools of interest," he said. "I also have offers from Alabama, Texas, Ohio State, Oregon, Florida State, Oregon and pretty much everyone else in the country."

He hasn't set dates yet but anticipates visits to several programs of interest.

"I'm going to see what's happening and experience the atmosphere with some of these squads," he said. "I look forward to seeing great wide receivers and looking into how the coaches get the ball into their hands."

Noil, to put it succinctly, is going to fully research the programs pursuing him.

"I will study the stats of the receivers at each school," he added. "I'm going to see (four-star senior teammate) Noel Ellis at Texas A&M, and I'm going to visit Notre Dame.

"Georgia is another one. Their coaches like my film. I'm going out west to fully check out USC."

Noil is expected to attend LSU's upcoming junior day that's centered around in-state studs such as himself and Gerald Willis, the Karr five-star defensive end.

Noil, Willis and Ellis led Karr to a state championship last month with a defeat of top-seeded, previously-undefeated Neville.

Karr finished as 4A runner-up the previous two years.

"I've been on all the Karr teams that went to the championship and it was great to come back and win it after losing earlier to Neville," Noil said of claiming the crown in a rematch of the 2011 finals.

Noil was highly-motivated after getting knocked out of the 2011 Karr/Neville contest.

"As a sophomore I got hurt at state and had to leave that game early," he lamented.

With Karr's offense handicapped due to Speedy's absence, Neville got the win in 2011, 27-6.

A few weeks ago, a healthy Noil handled his chores beautifully as Karr turned the tables on Neville by taking a 29-22 decision in the rematch.

Noil could see action exclusively - or at least predominately - at receiver during his senior campaign.

Kerry Taylor, who logged regular snaps for the Cougars in 2012, is being groomed for the full-time job under center, which suits Speedy just fine.

Karr posted a perfect 14-0 mark and was ranked nationally in the final FOXSportsNEXT.com Top 50 compiled by Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy.

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