The recruitment of Rodman Noel has perhaps been the weirdest one of all 2011 Maryland football commitments. He committed last year, but went to prep school for a year, and was assumed to be a Terp commit at that point. Then, things got fuzzy, and he finally committed. However, once the coaching changes happened, people assumed his commitment is up in the air, and Matt Bracken confirmed that today.
According to Noel’s coach, the safety/linebacker was looking forward to playing for former defensive backs coach Kevin Lempa, and once Lempa was let go, “that thing kind of died”.
Noel is a top-ten prep prospect in the nation according to Rivals, and is ranked as a four-star prospect by some agencies. He has a lot of academic issues, however, and there was speculation that he could be another Javarie Johnson, who dropped out and transferred to New Mexico after on semester.
He has visited North Carolina State, and his coach said he thinks Noel will be in the ACC next season.
Best of luck, Rodman. I only regret not being able to make a ludicrous amount of “Noel” jokes at your expense.