Speedy Noil scouting report: Explosive 2014 wide receiver

Devante "Speedy" Noil - Courtesy of Tom Hauck for Student Sports

The New Orleans product is one of the top wide receiver prospects in the country.

Name: Devante "Speedy" Noil

School and hometown: Ednar Karr High School in New Orleans, Louisiana

Position: Wide receiver

Height and weight: 5'11 and 175 pounds

Ratings: A consensus four-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings, 247Sports has Noil as a five-star prospect. He's the no. 55 player nationally in the former rankings, as well as the no. 5 wide receiver and no. 6 player in state of Louisiana.

Offers: The Edna Karr product has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, and USC.


Devante "Speedy" Noil 5 Star Class of 2014 WR-No.2 (via Fuse Films)

Scouting Report:

A big play waiting to happen who often spent time at quarterback as a junior, Noil projects as a slot wide receiver in college who has the potential to score from anywhere on the field. Physically, he's on the small size in terms of pure height and weight, but he has a sturdy frame that should be able to remain durable in college because he is hardly slight.

A member of Karr's nationally-elite 400m relay team and an excellent long and triple jumper, Noil is a superlative athlete who has the speed to cut all the back across the field and still make plays, a practice he may have to tone down a bit in college.

As a receiver, his speed off the ball makes him a dangerous threat, especially when projecting him in the slot where he will have a two-way go against opposing defensive backs, which will make it difficult to defend him in man coverage without a safety highly aware of his presence.

He appears to be most effective on post routes and deep comebacks in high school as a result of his speed. Because of his acceleration and feet, he also projects favorably in college as someone who can get open on double moves. A lack of experience at wide receiver means that Noil will need to spend some time working on the craft of route running at the next level.

When Noil has the ball in his hands and can find a crease, his first step explosiveness and top-end speed are elite -- even if in college there may be only be a few defensive players in the country who will be able to catch him from behind with an angle.

An elusive player with remarkable lateral quickness, Noil can also cut in the open field without losing much, if any, speed, a big part of the reason why 247Sports has him ranked as the top wide receiver in the country.

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