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NOEL DEVINE

Height: 5-8
Weight: 175 lbs.
School: North Fort Myers
Hometown: North Fort Myers, FL
COMMITMENT: West Virginia (not signed)

PROFILE:

That highlight tape.

It took on a life of itself when it made its way onto the internet after Noel Devine worked some magic his freshman season.

Devine is a menace coming out the backfield, and good luck beating him to the sideline and upfield.

In 2006 he rushed for 2,140 yards and 30 TDs for a grand prep career total of 6,846 yards and 88 TDs. As a junior he rushed for over 2,000 yards and 24 TDs. He's clocked at a 4.30 40-time. He had the play of the game at the U.S. Army All American Bowl, taking a kick back 93 yards before tripping himself up. He is made for television.

Apparently though, Devine is not a sure qualifier for college next year and Tom Lemming believes he's more than likely headed the prep school route. A signed letter on Wednesday would have no bearing if Devine did indeed go prep, opening his recruitment back up if he so decided to.

Regardless, Devine has been making visits in the past few weeks and Lemming says he has the Florida schools along with West Virginia on his short list.

Former North Fort Myers and NFL star Deion Sanders assists Devine as a mentor both on and off the field.

Lemming's No. 7-ranked overall player is a wild card not only come signing day, but until the clearinghouse gives the thumbs up. Many in San Antonio during the All-American week activities spoke about how they are pulling for Devine to make it not just on the field, but just as much in life as well.

He is a gifted talent guaranteed to put smiles on football fans' faces.

TOM LEMMING'S TAKE:

His junior highlight film was in one word - unbelievable. He reminds me of Tony Dorsett as he can make a cut at full speed and shows strength up the middle despite his lack of bulk. An amazing talent whose vision and balance is second to none. It appears to me that he is always running downhill. If Noel keeps his focus, he should be a freshman sensation in 2007. In track he's been timed in a 10.4 100-meters and a 21.3 200-meters.