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

congrats

August 24th, 2010
1:03 am

@techgrad. uga has won 9 out of 10 games agaisnt tech.

point. congrats!

TechGrad

August 24th, 2010
1:03 am

congrats is obviously really upset about Tech getting commitments. the fact that UGA coaches rely on the recruiting sites to identify talent says a lot about them. Tech’s coaches evaluate talent on their own. They offer kids that want to win AND want an education. that is why many of our recruits are not offered by UGA. it is a matter of character.

congrats

August 24th, 2010
1:04 am

continue to celebrate your big time 3 star cornerback.

continue to make statements like ‘a young deion sanders’.

continue to enjoy second hand status in the state of georgia.

congrats

August 24th, 2010
1:06 am

tech’s talent evaluations really has been doing a whole heck of a lot of good for them the past decade.

your best year in the last 20 and you got absolutely ran all over at home by uga’s weakest team in the last decade.

that’s gotta be frustrating.

oh, by the way, great bowl game too. yall were very impressive.

congrats

August 24th, 2010
1:07 am

339 yards rushing.

we run this state.

Chad Cookler

August 24th, 2010
7:38 am

There will always be an excuse for why Paul Johnson wins football games. There always has and always will be. He took the worst program in college football and turned them into a team that wins 8 games every year. All that during a time of war, where it’s not real easy to bring any players into your program.

As much as I love Nesbitt, I’d take Ricky Dobbs to run the offense over JN in two seconds.

Keep thinking up excuses mutt fans. And in two-three years you won’t be anywhere to be found.

Woof

August 24th, 2010
8:50 am

Some of you guys need to get a life. I’m talking to Tech fans and my fellow Dawg fans. Immaturity is a common theme on these boards. Let’s talk recruiting and forget the bad mouthing until November. Great pick up for Tech, looks like NC is turning into North Ave. territory. Good luck to all these guys.

Go Dawgs

Flo-Ri-Duh!

August 24th, 2010
8:52 am

Chip Tower – it is not right to refer to the state of North Carolina as Tobacco Road. Have you ever read the book? It was written by a misguided Yankee that thinks all people from the south are poor, racist and stupid. Tobacco Road is fiction and not fact. It was written by someone who hated the south.

Old Gold Britches

August 24th, 2010
9:11 am

Great work Coach McCollum for getting these young men to pick The Flats! This class is taking pretty good shape. Let the games begin! GO JACKETS!!!!

GT Sambo

August 24th, 2010
9:14 am

Congrats,
You sir have no idea what you are talking about when it comes to GT recruiting. The current 2011 recruiting class for Tech is already just as good as all but one of Chan Gailey’s recruiting classes (2007). This is a total myth that Chan Gailey was some great recruiter. Even the year we recruited Calvin Johnson, we had almost no other top rated recruits. Calvin is the only 5-star recruit Chan Gailey got while here.
As far as coaching, congrats, I would gladly take CPJ and Al Groh running my offense and defense, respectively, over Mike Bobo and Todd Grantham. Do the UGA fans even realize that Todd Grantham was fired from his last DC job while Al Groh won a Super Bowl as a DC.

GT Sambo

August 24th, 2010
9:29 am

I actually have a real recruiting question. Does anyone know why ESPN and Scout.com have totally different lists of recruits that are “considering” Tech? Anybody that has been looking at both those sites for a while know the answer?

BigTimeTECHFan

August 24th, 2010
9:44 am

Vad Lee 3 stars?
QB Vad Lee threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns Friday. nice
LeMay 4 stars?
Did not play yet

CrackDaddy

August 24th, 2010
9:46 am

I just noticed where the state of Va. has 6 tea,s in rivals top 100, while the state of Ga. has only 4. NC has 3. So it appears that the best HS football is played in the state of Va. Spin it Ga. fans!

Big Boy

August 24th, 2010
9:49 am

Like it or not, Tobacco Road is used to describe NC all the time. No use trying to deflect it.

Tech fans invoking the “our players want an education” party line always crack me up, too. Your graduation rates reflect one simple fact: an education is no more important to your players than it is to anyone else’s. And don’t give me the “our school is harder” bit, either. All of them knew that coming in.

@Chad Cookler, please name one player on your roster since PJ has been there who is even remotely equipped to handle that offense. Ricky Dobbs is irrelevant. He doesn’t play for your team. Josh Nesbitt is PJ’s golden goose and the fact is, almost every Tech fan who goes apesh*t for your coach is completely ignorant of the fact that this one kid is almost solely responsible for your team’s success thus far. Kudos to PJ for taking advantage of his skills. But there would be an entirely different sentiment over Johnson right now if Nesbitt hadn’t already been there. You’d better hope the incoming true frosh next year is ready and able, or this reality will smack you guys in the face like a ton of bricks.

italian_29

August 24th, 2010
9:57 am

First I would like to say congats to GT and this kid, great school and a great football tradition. Good Luck to you in the future. Second can my fellow Dawg fans show some class? This is a good pickup for Tech. Why bash? If you don’t have anything positive to contribute, don’t comment. Let the talking be done on the field. Good luck kid, except the one week in November and congrats on your choice.

BigTimeTECHFan

August 24th, 2010
10:03 am

Big Boy – You have a point, but only when CPJ 1st came to Tech and they had QB’s like Threet and Garner. Nesbitt was about the only one fit to run his offense. But not any more, I saw practice and will say that Washington, Sims, and Days all look pretty good. In fact all were 3 stars and all looked better then Luallen (not passing). All 3 look a lot better then Jabo Shaw to me. Tech will have a good QB next year.

GT Sambo

August 24th, 2010
10:05 am

Big Boy,
Maybe you are right. Maybe GT would be no where without Nesbitt. He is an absolute warrior, and he certainly has an intangible “will to win” that you don’t often see. However, he also had never played in an option offense before CPJ came in. And he only completed 42% of his passes in 2008 and 46% in 2009. And he, by his own admission, was not comfortable in the offense early on. I think CPJ coached him up and got him to the point that he is at now. Now is it possible that he has something intangible that will make him more successful than the next Tech QB or the one after that? Yes, sure. But I am also not going to bet against Paul Johnson getting a lot out of the next Tech QB, who ever it is.

BigTimeTECHFan

August 24th, 2010
10:10 am

Also it’s not always all about football for all these kids
Noble want to major in Nuclear Engineering
GT is one of the top 10 nuclear engineering schools, and he found it was no 1 for black graduates. sounds like a smart kid who did his research.

BigTimeTECHFan

August 24th, 2010
10:14 am

Aslo I wonder how many DB spots GT has left, I was Thinking Blake Countess from Maryland had Tech in his final list.

HugoStiglitz

August 24th, 2010
10:30 am

Wow. congrats spent 3 hours and stayed up until 1am trying to convince us that we shouldnt feel good about getting a new recruit. Thats not desperate at all.

@WreckBuZZ

August 24th, 2010
10:59 am

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TechGrad

August 24th, 2010
11:01 am

Big Boy – Tevin Washington, David Sims, Synjyn Days

CrackDaddy

August 24th, 2010
11:56 am

Who is best Lee, Lemay, or Marquise Williams (UNC)?

CrackDaddy

August 24th, 2010
11:59 am

It’s true that “Tobacco Road” is used to describe the ACC schools. I like it! But it would be equally appropriate to label the SEC as the “Cotton Patch”.

NDermeyer

August 24th, 2010
2:01 pm

defensive back Dominique Noble is a stud; chose GT over the great
JoePa.

Big Boy

August 24th, 2010
3:16 pm

I hope you’re not serious, TechGrad.

wesleywhatwhat

August 24th, 2010
8:53 pm

“congrats” seems more bitter than the usual uga fan. somebody buy that dumb*ss some tail so he can unwind.

TechGrad

August 24th, 2010
10:27 pm

Big Boy – I am serious. Nesbitt is great, but he is not super-human. CPJ has won everywhere he has coached. He has the most wins in his first 13 years OF ANY COACH IN NCAA HISTORY!! Nesbitt is great, but he hasn’t been around for 13 years. You guys are grasping at air, trying to find hope that GT will not be good if Nesbitt goes down or if he leave. I hope, for his sake, that Nesbitt does not get hurt, but if he does, we still have a talented team, a winning system, and a GREAT coach.

TechGrad

August 24th, 2010
10:30 pm

Actually two great coaches – CAG ain’t too shabby with a defense.

college foot

August 24th, 2010
11:15 pm

way to go Carolina, stick to those BLOWFLYS.

killerj

August 25th, 2010
2:14 pm

Dam burdell you beat me to him,I was going to slam him.burdell?…………burdell? wear have I heard that name?……………

killerj

August 25th, 2010
2:25 pm

Oh yea congrats,not to mention your best rated quaterback ever lost to us in his senior year,he can,t even find the best reciever in the pro,s,as a Clemson fan would say”you suck”. 4 to 1 baby!