Breaking Down Texas A&M's Speedy Noil's Highlight Tape
Speedy Noil is a 5-star receiver who is headed to Texas A&M. Already enrolled for the spring, he is sure to make a big impact on the Aggies offense.
At about 5'11" and 180 pounds, Noil was a monster at Edna Karr High School in New Orleans. He has outstanding speed and quickness, plus his great instincts and elusiveness help him to make rare plays with the ball.
While he played quarterback for a good portion of his career in high school, he has the makings of a dynamic college receiver. He shows a lot of those traits during his impressive highlight tape.
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Opening Sequence: 0:00-0:12
The initial sequence on Noil's highlight tape includes three plays that are quickly spliced together. It gives you a sense of how electric and elusive he is with the ball in his hands.
Play No. 1: 0:13-0:25
The first full play of the highlight tape shows Noil dropping back at quarterback. He quickly sees the defense is rushing more than his offense is blocking, which has left a defender free to come after him.
Noil doesn't panic when he recognizes where the defender is coming from; he simply eludes him and tucks the ball to become a runner. After that, he shows off his elite quickness, burst and speed.
Look at him split two defenders and pull away from them on his way to the end zone.
Play No. 2: 0:26-0:34
Aligned as a receiver on the right perimeter of the formation, Noil impresses on this play. There's no big delay in his release at the snap, and he displays smooth agility and quick feet at the bottom of the route.
Watch how he uses a quick inside-stab to get the cornerback to flip his hips inside. Then watch Noil shoot back outside, using excellent acceleration to get on top of the corner as he aims for the end zone on a fade.
Finally, look at his body control when receiving the football. He does a great job of tracking the ball with his eyes and adjusting to the throw through the catch.
Play No. 3: 0:35-0:40
The angle of the camera hinders seeing the leverage of Noil's pattern, so it's tough to say which route he ran here. However, he does display great concentration and athleticism on this play.
Also, many receivers struggle with balls over their head when facing the quarterback. Noil goes up and attacks the ball over his head with his mitts, which is impressive.
Play No. 4: 0:41-0:51
Again, look at the phenomenal release quickness on the perimeter from Noil. He launches into his route, showing more than enough speed to climb on top of a secondary.
His break at the junction isn't shown, but the route is a post.
He looks comfortable and natural when using his hands to attack the football while on the move here, and the play results in him peeling off a tackle by a defensive back and reaching the end zone.
What Speedy Noil's Commitment to Texas A&M Means
Noil committed to Texas A&M in early January, spurning in-state LSU for the Aggies. He's one of the top recruits in a fantastic 2014 recruiting class that Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin signed in February.
The above video talks about how big a coup Noil is for the team in College Station.
Speedy Noil Full Ride Video Series Feature
Here's a feature on Noil in the Full Ride video series. It has additional highlights of him doing his thing, and it also compares him to an NFL receiver.
2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map
Noil is one of the top overall recruits on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map!
Chad Simmons of Scout.com wrote about Noil: "He could have been the top wide receiver, the top slot receiver, or the top athlete in the country this cycle. He is a dynamic playmaker and he will likely be used at receiver, out of the Wildcat, and on special teams."