Georgia Tech’s raid of Tobacco Road continued Monday as the Yellow Jackets landed their 13th commitment and third in a row from the state of North Carolina on Monday.
Tech received the pledge of defensive back Dominique Noble of Mount Ulla, N.C. the 6-foot-2, 187-pound cornerback had about a dozen offers but, in the end, chose the Yellow Jackets over Penn State.
“Yes, sir, I committed about 2 o’clock today,” said Noble as he prepared for practice at West Rowan High School Monday afternoon. “I’ve felt like Georgia Tech is where I wanted to go for a while but I just kept waiting and waiting. I decided I wanted to get it out of the way.”
Noble’s commitment came on the heels of one from linebacker Tremayne McNair (Jacksonville, N.C.) on Sunday and quarterback Vad Lee (Durham, N.C.) on Thursday. (in between the Jackets also landed OLB Darius Caldwell of Atlanta). Though they’re from different areas of North Carolina, the three prospects became friends during the recruiting process and decided as a group to bring their skills to The Flats. Airyn Willis, a quarterback/athlete from High Point, N.C., who committed to Tech earlier this summer, gives the Jackets four North Carolinians so far in the Class of 2011.
The group has been in cahoots.
“We’ve been kind of recruiting each other the whole time,” said Noble. “A couple of months ago Tremayne was thinking about going to North Carolina but I told him to hold off because he needed to look at Georgia Tech. I think it’s great that we’re all going there together.”
Noble believes Tech’s combination of academics and winning football can’t be beat.
“It goes hand-in-hand,” he said. “Academically they have one of the best engineering programs in the country. And they win games. That’s what I like about it.”
Noble said he feels like he’ll have an opportunity to play early at Tech.
“They’re losing their cornerbacks on both sides, so they expect me to play,” he said. “They didn’t promise anything. They said I’d have the opportunity but it’s up to me.”
GEORGIA TECH 2011 COMMITMENTS