Tobacco Road raid continues as Georgia Tech lands DB Dominique Noble (UPDATED)

Dominique Noble, the latest Tech commitment, has the size (6-2, 187) to play cornerback or safety. (Photo by recruitingplanet.com)

Dominique Noble, the latest Tech commitment, has the size (6-2, 187) to play cornerback or safety. (Photo by recruitingplanet.com)

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

  1. OL Trey Braun, (6-5, 275), Tallahassee, Fla.
  2. OLB Darius Caldwell (6-5, 210), Mays HS
  3. OL Bryan Chamberlain (6-4, 280), Albany-Monroe HS
  4. LB Chaz Cheeks (6-3, 220), East Hall HS
  5. WR Jeff Greene (6-6, 200), Starr’s Mill HS
  6. OL Kyle Harris (6-3, 260), Pepperell HS
  7. LB Jabari Hunt-Days, (6-3, 226), Hillgrove HS
  8. QB Vad Lee (6-2, 200), Durham, N.C.
  9. LB Tremayne McNair (6-2, 225) Jacksonville, N.C.
  10. OL Shaquille Mason (6-2, 305), Columbia, Tenn.
  11. DB Dominique Noble, (6-2, 187), Mount Ulla, N.C.
  12. S Darren Waller (6-5, 204), North Cobb HS
  13. ATH Airyn Willis (6-2, 180), High Point, N.C.
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182 comments Add your comment

Bergmoo

August 23rd, 2010
3:16 pm

Congrats Dominique. A good pickup.

UGA Class of 14

August 23rd, 2010
3:18 pm

Not bad Tech, hopefully we’ll have you beat by the end of the year though.

BigTimeTECHFan

August 23rd, 2010
3:25 pm

Congrats Dominique, Nice pickup for Tech. look forward to seeing him dominate. Any word if he’s looking to play Safety or CB?
I think Vad Lee was the prime pickup for this to happen, I like when recuits form bond in HS like, helps team chemistry. happen when Dwyer, Nesbitt, Morgan, Burnett, Jefferson all signed

Destin Dawg

August 23rd, 2010
3:27 pm

We’re both putting together top recruiting classes… both should be much improved on Defense THIS year with new improved DC’s and experienced staff….. can’t wait.. the Georgia State championship game will be HUGE on NCAA scale… Go Dawgs !!!!!

GT_Fever

August 23rd, 2010
3:27 pm

Who says we can’t recruit?

????

August 23rd, 2010
3:28 pm

nice pickup techies…put on some weight and he will be a nice safety, def not a CB with 4.65 40….

Brian

August 23rd, 2010
3:32 pm

Has a high cut frame that can add a little weight and be an enforcer at safety for us. This is a big class, no recruit under 6′2” so far. Wow. Well you can’t coach size and speed. Good for Noble and Go Jackets.

Tuck Fech

August 23rd, 2010
3:34 pm

????

August 23rd, 2010
3:35 pm

Damian Swann still looks to be the best CB available, has the mixture of size and speed that is needed in this day and age of college football

BigTimeTECHFan

August 23rd, 2010
3:37 pm

Destin Dawg -
Thank for keeping it real and with class, I think UGA will be pretty good, I would rather Tech beat them when they are a good team and would love to see the game have National impact.

Dawg Face

August 23rd, 2010
3:40 pm

No way this kid is ready to play next year. If he was a real TOP prospect, he would sit out his senior year and prepare for college / next step to the pros.

rduck

August 23rd, 2010
3:41 pm

Welcome to the Flats Mr. Noble..

unranked 3 star onslaught

August 23rd, 2010
3:41 pm

Annapolis South

GT Sambo

August 23rd, 2010
3:42 pm

Good pick up, but I think we’ve already brought in some guys who will be ahead of him on the depth chart for years to come (Johnson, Bostic, Ayers, Young, Holton). Then again, you just never know who will get injured, transfer, leave, etc. This does help make up for losing Skole to baseball.

rduck

August 23rd, 2010
3:42 pm

Dawg Face.. not every kid gets thrown out of school like your wonder boy QB prospect.

GT Sambo

August 23rd, 2010
3:44 pm

I forgot to mention Darren Waller.

Cuttysark

August 23rd, 2010
3:45 pm

The Yellow Jackets are building a very strong recruiting class and getting players that many other top schools were also recruiting. The work by Paul Johnson and his staff is really starting to show regardless of all of the Naysayers opinions. Thanks for the updates Chip. Any news on Tuitt or when he might be making a decision? For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

SimminsU

August 23rd, 2010
3:47 pm

Tech’s class is looking good. I predict UGA will lose the next 5
vs the Jackets.

gt45

August 23rd, 2010
3:48 pm

Welcome aboard!

Chuy Dawg

August 23rd, 2010
3:50 pm

Congrats on a solid pick up. Sounds like this kid will eventually fill in at Safety.

GT Sambo

August 23rd, 2010
3:55 pm

SimminsU,
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. UGA will still bring in a higher ranked class than us. I am confident in CPJ’s ability to coach up our offense and Al Groh’s ability to coach up our defense. I think we’ve got a good shot to win a few games against UGA over the next several of years. Clearly we have better coaches, as I’ll take CPJ and Al Groh running my offense and defense over Mike Bobo and Todd Grantham (who?!?) anyday.

hello

August 23rd, 2010
3:55 pm

Had offers from Notre Dame, Penn State, WVU, Wisconsin, and UNC among others. Keep talking trash…only making yourselves look foolish.

rainman

August 23rd, 2010
3:59 pm

Now we just need to add some big defensive linemen!

GT Sambo

August 23rd, 2010
3:59 pm

Not that rankings really matter, but it looks like we are on track for our second best ranked recruiting class (behind only 2007) in the last 10+ years. Could be top 25 when its all said and done.

blackbee

August 23rd, 2010
4:04 pm

I don’t know about recruiting all these North Carolina kids. Surely H.S. football in North Carolina is not on par with H.S. in Georgia. This looks like a recruiting class that North Carolina State would get, a sort of middle of the pack class. Tech needs to get back into Florida bigtime and Texas. Tech can get a few from there if they would just try. What happened to getting a kid or two from Louisianna or Pennsylvania? Tech has history in these states and they are much better H.S. football states. Isn’t it odd, Stanford is recruiting more kids from the state of Florida then Tech. McCollum has surprised me as a DC but to his credit a few of these kids had some bigtime offers. Maybe they’ll turn into studs-recruiting is a dicey game.

JB

August 23rd, 2010
4:07 pm

Good pick up…… You guys would do well to acknowledge when the Dawgs get a good one, and some of you do. I think we all realize these are 17 year old “kids”, and some pan out and some don’t. Tech has a history of finding diamonds in the rough, and Georgia is in the top 5 of current NFL players. Tells me they really get good when they leave Athens. I think both of us are encouraged by having new DC’s. Still hate to see a lot of these high profile prep players leave the State. Good luck Jackets except you know when !

Dan

August 23rd, 2010
4:13 pm

Well, you can’t say our defense didn’t suck last year and the Johnson is trying to take steps to fix it.

The kid from yesterday sounds like the prototype at OLB in the 3-4. Hopefully Johnson is recruiting impact kids and not just depth.

GT Alum

August 23rd, 2010
4:21 pm

Destin Dawg & BTTF, yeah, I honestly would love to hear people talk about our state rivalry game like people (at least used to) talk about Ohio St-Michigan, the Rust Bowl, etc. Don’t know if it will get to the level of Texas-Oklahoma, but I’d love for that game to be a major game getting covered nationwide. And that’s only going to happen if both programs can do well for an extended period of time. Honestly, I’d like to keep up a string of competitive games with no one team dominating the record. Before UGA (sic) went on their streak, Tech had won the game several years running. The best thing for both schools would be a competitive game each year with no one school dominating for a string of several years.

blazer

August 23rd, 2010
4:26 pm

very, very good!!! need a big dt and a rb!

VT BLANKS SHEEP

August 23rd, 2010
4:39 pm

funny what winning can do, “plus they win” , way to go CPJ!

wesleywhatwhat

August 23rd, 2010
4:46 pm

“Academically they have one of the best engineering programs in the country. And they win games. That’s what I like about it.”

Burdell

August 23rd, 2010
4:46 pm

Nice pick up…folks must remember that we lost our recruiting coordinator this past year and it will take time to acclimate. Kudos to Coach McCollum for getting these kids interested in what Tech has to offer on such short notice.

Looks like a solid class so far…with Jabari Hunt-Days being the signature piece right now. I’m excited to see what that kid has to offer.

12 more days….

JM

August 23rd, 2010
4:48 pm

Reports are he had Notre Dame, Penn St and Ga Tech as his finally 3. Congrats on coming to Atlanta!

GT Sambo

August 23rd, 2010
4:52 pm

blackbee,
Nothing wrong with recruiting good players out of another area of the country. Looks like hiring Andy McCollum has paid off for CPJ. Got a couple kids from Virginia late in last years class courtesy of Al Groh. Hopefully have a shot at a few more in that area. It seems like we are getting fairly well regarded kids here, and I suspect we will get our normal share of Georgia kids as well.

BigTimeTECHFan

August 23rd, 2010
4:58 pm

GT Alum – Yea, that would be nice.

1Jacket7

August 23rd, 2010
4:59 pm

GT Alum, Tech needs to win the next 6 to 10. Georgia talent and talent around the south will pick us because we are winning big games and the media is talking about it. As an Alum there is nothing I would like better than for us to close the overall record gap with UGA. Congrats to all of the class of 2011. You will soon realize how great your decision was to attend GT. Nothing like Championship Hardware to go with a quality education. GO JACKETS!! Now trash all of your Red & Black stuff.

hey

August 23rd, 2010
5:10 pm

THE LINEBACKER WE GOT YESTERDAY LIKES TO HIT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcE8w47CrCU

1eyedJack

August 23rd, 2010
5:12 pm

Good week for the Bees.

I’ll admit ya’ll have good academic programs though I also submit that the scope of academics is narrow so you should be recruiting nationally and the NorthEast and MidWest especially the way Tech used to.

Einsteindawg

August 23rd, 2010
5:17 pm

As much as I hate to admit, congratulations on a fine young man. You don’t hear “yes sir” from many. Good luck Mr. Noble.

hey

August 23rd, 2010
5:17 pm

the kid plays qb , te , wr , s , and lb in that video

TechGrad

August 23rd, 2010
5:17 pm

@blackbee The reason we were recruiting the states you mentioned is because of the ties that the coaches at the time had in those states. CAM has ties in NC. CAG has ties in the Virginia-Maryland area. We are picking up some of the top recruits in those areas. Honestly, I think the reason these guys are 3 stars is BECAUSE they are from NC. They may be more highly rated if they were playing in GA or FL. I think you evaluate talent, and get guys that have the talent and skills you’re looking for. Good coaching wins championships, not great recruiting classes. UGA has proven that year after year after year after year . . . . .

ormewood

August 23rd, 2010
5:19 pm

Jackets play at least two teams from NC every year (four in ‘10). Makes sense to recruit kids from there. Also, NC is the 10th biggest state in terms of population, just behind GA. It’s logical to assume that there are quality players from NC.

TechGrad

August 23rd, 2010
5:21 pm

@hey – Yeah, Tremayne McNair is a PLAYER!!!

DawgByte

August 23rd, 2010
5:25 pm

My goodness. Congrats to Coach Johnson and the Yellow Jacket staff. All 4 appear to be on North Carolina’s top 20 lists and the Willis kid (16th in Carolina) stated that he would have easily been in their top 10 as a wideout but dropped to 16th as a QB.

As a Dawg fan…I wish all the best for in state Yech. We still will have the better class according to Rivals and Scout (UGA will finish in the top 10 in recruiting classes yet again) but I am delighted that we will face Tech teams with talent rather than those of the past couple of decades. I would much rather beat a top 20 Tech team than one that is in the “others receiving votes” category. Hats off to the staff in Atlanta. Doubt it will affect the November results all the same! Go Dawgs!!!

AltamahaDawg

August 23rd, 2010
5:43 pm

Nice to see kids who still answer Yes Sir.

Jacket Backer

August 23rd, 2010
5:53 pm

Welcome aboard! Go JACKETS!!!

Ouch

August 23rd, 2010
6:27 pm

Tech is certainly doing well in the quantity department.

Kennesaw Dawg

August 23rd, 2010
6:28 pm

GT Sambo……..what’ll you trade us for Bobo?? How about for 4 hot dogs, 4 programs, 4 cokes and we’ll let you have him???

bulldogmaniac

August 23rd, 2010
7:11 pm

Techies have to go find players out od state!
All of the good Georgia players go to UGA

GT fan

August 23rd, 2010
7:14 pm

Kennesaw Dawg no thanks! After this season all you Dawg fans will be calling for his job.
But we will send 4 hotdogs, 4 programs, and 4 cokes for a, Get Out of Athens County Jail Free Card.