July 9, 2008

Sun Devils among leaders for Van Noy

In the four decades he has recruited the Reno (Nev.) area, Dennis Erickson has uncovered some hidden gems. This year, however, there was no hiding McQueen High School standout Kyle Van Noy, a player who has generated a significant amount of interest from Erickson and other coaches across the region.

Van Noy, one of the top athlete prospects in the west, currently claims offers from 10 schools: Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, BYU, California, Colorado, UNLV, Nevada, San Jose State and Stanford. He also believes that more offers could be on the horizon.

"I want to say that Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA are going to offer soon," Van Noy said. "My favorites right now are ASU, Oregon, BYU, Boise State and Colorado."

Last year Van Noy was a playmaker on both sides of the ball.

On defense, he totaled 69 tackles, seven sacks, and two interceptions from his defensive end position. As a result he was named first-team all-state at defensive end as well as first-team all-region defense and first-team all-league defense.

At wide receiver, Van Noy was a second-team all-region and second-team all-division selection after catching 48 passes for 784 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Van Noy credits his mental makeup for his success on the field.

"I feel that I bring a good IQ as well as good technique and I am explosive," Van Noy said. "Outside of becoming a better leader I don't have any personal goals for this season, but as a team we want to go back to state (playoffs) and win it this time."

The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder brings an ideal mix of prototype size and speed to a number of positions on both sides of the ball. However he strongly maintains that he has no preference on which side of the ball he plays in college.

"I really don't have a preference," Van Noy said. "I believe that ASU is recruiting me as an athlete for now."

Van Noy comes from a close family and when it comes time to make his college choice his family will remain his top priority.

"Location is the number one factor. I want my family to be close, so I probably will be going to school on the West Coast," Van Noy said. "I also want to see how good of a football program each school has and academics will be important. Do they have what I want to major in, which will be either Business or Architecture? Religion will also be a factor."

Van Noy is keeping his options open right now and plans on taking some more visits before coming to a decision.

"I have made three unofficial visits so far to BYU, UNLV and [Nevada], I hope to take all of my visits before making a commitment," Van Noy said. "I haven't set a date for my official visit to ASU but I know for sure that I going to visit there. I like how ASU is giving me an opportunity. I like that that they are recruiting me hard unlike some other schools and mostly I like that they talk to me like a normal person and not just about football with them."


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