Early in the process the Washington Huskies received the verbal commitment from one of SoCal's best two-way linemen in three-star prospect Craig Noble (6-4, 291, 4.9) from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft. The talented trenchman made a surprise visit to UCLA's three-day camp on Sunday and was quite impressive.
"I enjoyed UCLA's camp," Noble said. "It was good and I had a lot of fun. Like I said I really enjoyed myself.
"I have always wanted to go UCLA ever since I was a little kid," Noble said. "I'm still working on getting that offer from UCLA.
"I'm still committed to Washington and I really love the program," Noble said. "Even if UCLA does offer it will be a tough decision.
"I'm also kind of interested in Florida," Noble said. "My former high school coach, Troy Starr, is now the director of football operations for the Gators."
Though Noble is still somewhat interested in the recruiting process and wants to continue to get offers, most of his attention is being put on his senior season and that tasks ahead.
"My goal this season is to win City Defensive Player of the Year," Noble said. "If I'm able to achieve that it will mean, we as a team will surprise some people by going far in the playoffs.
Before accepting the Florida football operations job, former Taft head coach Troy Starr had the following to say about Noble.
"Craig has great feet and has great flexibility in his hips," Starr said. "He's a knee bender. He's a legitimate 6-foot-3 and growing and he's a great character kid. He's quiet and gives you everything he has.
On the camp circuit this spring and summer, Noble has been a dominating presence.
In the weight room Noble currently cleans 270, benches 340, and squats 520. The big guy has recorded a 27-inch vertical.
Besides Washington, Noble has full scholie offers from Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Ole Miss and Florida International.
Noble earned all-city, all-area and all-league as a junior for his performance.