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he took one of his cars to the airport because he wanted to go back to texas.

 

i dont care what baggage he has, whoever gets him...he will win games for them.

 

He is not going to win many games if he is in jail

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I agree, I would rather not be considered with Miami and Florida State with the win at all cost attitude. We can win without this kid if he is a trouble maker. We have plenty of talent at running back.

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i am all about giving players chances, but the known trouble makers would have to be on a very short leash

 

with a 1 strike your out policy

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i am all about giving players chances, but the known trouble makers would have to be on a very short leash

 

with a 1 strike your out policy

 

true, everyone deserves a shot

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gamecocks, who are you to make assumptions about where a kid will be in a few years?

 

So Noel got in a fight. How many of us HAVEN'T gotten in a fight in HS?

 

So he came back from Texas and living with Deion, is that a big deal? Do you even know why? The simple fact he was homesick and didn't like being away from his children. If anything, that shows responsibility.

 

The kid is growing up in a neighborhood known for violence, no different than what someone like our own Rickey Thenarse had to go through while in school.

 

Honestly, people look at Noel and think they have everything figured out about his personality and lifestyle, and it makes me sick to know they have no clue.

 

If coaches feel he were half as bad as some let on, Coach Cally would be calling Dog the Bounty Hunter to collect the bounty for his arrest instead of recruiting him.

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gamecocks, who are you to make assumptions about where a kid will be in a few years?

 

So Noel got in a fight. How many of us HAVEN'T gotten in a fight in HS?

 

So he came back from Texas and living with Deion, is that a big deal? Do you even know why? The simple fact he was homesick and didn't like being away from his children. If anything, that shows responsibility.

 

The kid is growing up in a neighborhood known for violence, no different than what someone like our own Rickey Thenarse had to go through while in school.

 

Honestly, people look at Noel and think they have everything figured out about his personality and lifestyle, and it makes me sick to know they have no clue.

 

If coaches feel he were half as bad as some let on, Coach Cally would be calling Dog the Bounty Hunter to collect the bounty for his arrest instead of recruiting him.

 

I don't know everything about this kid and I don't have the right to make assumptions. However, what I have heard was that he took one of Deion's cars without asking. That is not responsibility. I realize that kids grow up in tough neighborhoods and that they need help to get their life back on track. However, we are in position to get one of two great backs IMO. Now which do we get, Back A that has a great track record, or back B that comes with some baggage. The risk/reward ratio would come back to taking Back A and letting back B go elsewhere.

 

Also, it makes me sick that people have a win at all cost attitude. Bring in the best talent availible no matter what kind of baggage they bring. How much crap have people talked about Miami for bringing kids like Willie Williams aboard because he was a great athlete but had a huge criminal record. If you want us to turn into a program like Miami then so be it. However, when we have a situation like this where we can pretty much choice between two great running backs, one with a clean record, and one with a little baggage and questionable grades, I would pick the one with a clean record.

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gamecocks, who are you to make assumptions about where a kid will be in a few years?

 

So Noel got in a fight. How many of us HAVEN'T gotten in a fight in HS?

 

So he came back from Texas and living with Deion, is that a big deal? Do you even know why? The simple fact he was homesick and didn't like being away from his children. If anything, that shows responsibility.

 

The kid is growing up in a neighborhood known for violence, no different than what someone like our own Rickey Thenarse had to go through while in school.

 

Honestly, people look at Noel and think they have everything figured out about his personality and lifestyle, and it makes me sick to know they have no clue.

 

If coaches feel he were half as bad as some let on, Coach Cally would be calling Dog the Bounty Hunter to collect the bounty for his arrest instead of recruiting him.

 

ya, i agree

 

its not like this dude is a criminal

 

and gamecocks, you're very judgemental

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great player but could have problems to follow him . Let him go to one of the Florida schools .

I like the short leash idea....Give him a chance to mature and become a solid individual at Nebraska.

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I am not sure what all the love for Devine is for. I've seen his videos and yes he is shifty and hard to bring down but AP was a freshman heisman winner (they didn't want to give it to a freshman so the usc homos took it) and a bad a$$. It is easy for someone to say who the next Barry Sanders is on these boards, hell I've seen McFadden, Goodsen and Spiller and that is just from last years class, but will he actually be that good?

Probably will look like it because he is going to end up in a junior college. But I doubt he is a finalist at the heisman his freshman year if he does go D1A.

OK so I guess he will look like a great running back next year however, he won't be a freshman. He is going to prep school (saves eligibility) somewhere in NY. I called juco and it was prep, my bad.

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Also, it makes me sick that people have a win at all cost attitude. Bring in the best talent availible no matter what kind of baggage they bring. How much crap have people talked about Miami for bringing kids like Willie Williams aboard because he was a great athlete but had a huge criminal record. If you want us to turn into a program like Miami then so be it.

 

I think Williams being arrested or in trouble with the law almost twenty times is a little more extreme than a guy that doesn't know how to protect himself when having sex.

 

Larry Phillips, Reggie Baul, Christian Peter, Bullet-butt Abdul, Doug DeBouse and there were plenty more. We already had the "Win at all cost" reputation. Don't act like bringing in kids with rough backgrounds is ANYTHING new for NU.

 

This kid has had a rough up bringing and is trying to do what he can to make a better life. Didn't his best friend got shot and killed standing RIGHT next to him? If I'm not mistaken both of his parents are crackheads with HIV and left him to the system. I say let him have his year or two at Prep school and while he is there stay in his ear about NU.

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Also, it makes me sick that people have a win at all cost attitude. Bring in the best talent availible no matter what kind of baggage they bring. How much crap have people talked about Miami for bringing kids like Willie Williams aboard because he was a great athlete but had a huge criminal record. If you want us to turn into a program like Miami then so be it.

 

I think Williams being arrested or in trouble with the law almost twenty times is a little more extreme than a guy that doesn't know how to protect himself when having sex.

 

Larry Phillips, Reggie Baul, Christian Peter, Bullet-butt Abdul, Doug DeBouse and there were plenty more. We already had the "Win at all cost" reputation. Don't act like bringing in kids with rough backgrounds is ANYTHING new for NU.

 

This kid has had a rough up bringing and is trying to do what he can to make a better life. Didn't his best friend got shot and killed standing RIGHT next to him? If I'm not mistaken both of his parents are crackheads with HIV and left him to the system. I say let him have his year or two at Prep school and while he is there stay in his ear about NU.

Both parents died of AIDS before he was 11.

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Here is a pretty good article from Sporting News earlier in the year that gives some good insights. I wish Devine the best and hope NU keeps him on the radar.

 

 

 

Peek into inner circle shows Noel Devine's no deviant

August 28, 2006

 

Noel Devine is a legend already, as much because of the mystery that surrounds him as the jaw-dropping talent he displays on the football field. The North Fort Myers High School star has done few interviews and is shielded from the press like a rock star from his groupies. He has been burned in the press far too often, and only a select few are allowed access these days. This past week, I was one of those select few allowed to enter the inner circle; it was surprising, enlightening and a bit saddening.

 

Noel Devine is 18. He is the father of two children, was the subject of a custody battle between Deion Sanders, who wanted to adopt him, and the Harlow family, where he had been living for the past few years. His grandmother is his legal guardian, but Devine spends most of his time living at his girlfriend's house. Both of Noel's parents passed away by the time he was 11, and his life has varied between that of a kid who never had a chance to be one and an adult who still longs for childhood innocence. Devine has been in the spotlight since he was a freshman in high school. Heck, he was being recruited by different Pop Warner teams before anyone outside of Lee County knew his name. Devine has lived under a large magnifying glass.

 

I spent some time with Devine and found him to be a quiet kid who tries -- but fails -- to be guarded because of his justified mistrust of the media. He's too affable, friendly and simply too nice to keep his guard up for too long. There have been a few reporters that he's given extensive access to only to read their articles with disappointment as they drudge up the past, criticize the decisions of a kid barely old enough to drive and continue to project him as trouble. One reporter named him to his annual "turkey list" as one of the 10 people in the area "who were inept, stupid, unpleasant or conniving in 2005" because of his off-field issues. Devine has never been arrested, doesn't do drugs or drink and takes care of his kids.

 

 

Devine says he shakes it off and uses it all as motivation, but you can tell it still stings. He admits he reads the stuff and was excited about the Fort Myers News-Press high school preview because his picture was on the cover. Devine wants to read good things about himself like everyone else -- it just doesn't happen that often. Despite that, again faced with a stranger coming to North Fort Myers to attempt to solve the mystery of Noel Devine, he again lets his guard down. The reporters are much less frequent and access is more limited, but Devine wants to trust people. He doesn't seem to want to hide.

 

 

Devine is willing to talk about his current relationship with Deion Sanders and says that Primetime has been good to him when it comes to advice on selecting a college. He doesn't want to talk about his family and will only talk about the shooting death of one of his best friends a few years ago to people from the community. But I wasn't looking to talk about any of that stuff, anyway. It's in the past. I wanted to see who the kid was behind the enigmatic legend. And I learned a lot.

 

 

I learned that Devine is trying harder to become a leader on and off the football field. I learned that he likes to impress people with his amazing ability to break runs that drop jaws and feels each run needs to be better than the last. I learned he has what can only be called an addiction to Skittles, so much so it has become his nickname and forced a recent trip to a dentist. And I learned that when Devine receives little compliments, like telling him he did well on a school assignment or that he was articulate and poised handling an intense video interview, he quietly beams. A lot more than if you were to tell him he's the best high school running back you've ever seen. Devine hears the latter so much he can't believe it's genuine, and he clearly doesn't hear the former enough, at least not from people outside of his small circle of trust.

 

I also learned that Devine can sometimes allow the heavy responsibilities in his life, responsibilities to his girlfriend, his daughters, his coaches and teammates and his fans, to weigh on him too heavily. I learned that his youthful, grinning face on the football field can be transformed into that of a man twice his age when things get to him. I learned that he sometimes feels there are more haters than there are supporters and that there are people out there who believe that it's a crime Devine is revered for his accomplishments on the football field in lieu of his off-the-field troubles. And I learned that everyone wants a piece of Noel Devine, from rich folks to middle class folks to drug pushers. Devine averages at least one piece of mail a day requesting an autograph from an adult obviously trying to pass themselves off as an 8-year-old kid. Sad but true.

 

Devine just wants to be a kid just like the other kids on his football team. He knows he has different responsibilities than most of the others, and he has no problem spending his time after school being a dad and getting to bed early. He knows his life so far has been a bit tougher than most, but he never complains about it. He simply wants the attention to be focused more on his team and less on him. However, that's not going to happen, and he pretty much knows it.

 

So the kid with the Reggie Bush feet and Ladanian Tomlinson strength all wrapped up in a heavily muscled 5-8, 165-pound body continues on. He's working hard to get himself academically eligible before even thinking about what college he'll pick (Florida State, Nebraska, Southern Cal, Pitt, Miami and others are in the mix), and he's having fun when folks aren't bothering him. When he does get down, he's quickly brought out of it by a teammate's goofball act or a joke by his head coach James Iandoli. When he's not carrying a football, you'd be hard pressed to pick Devine out among the rest of his teammates, and that's just fine with him.

 

 

I didn't solve the mystery of Noel Devine on my trip, but I have a lot more clues than I did before.

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Also, it makes me sick that people have a win at all cost attitude. Bring in the best talent availible no matter what kind of baggage they bring. How much crap have people talked about Miami for bringing kids like Willie Williams aboard because he was a great athlete but had a huge criminal record. If you want us to turn into a program like Miami then so be it.

 

I think Williams being arrested or in trouble with the law almost twenty times is a little more extreme than a guy that doesn't know how to protect himself when having sex.

 

Larry Phillips, Reggie Baul, Christian Peter, Bullet-butt Abdul, Doug DeBouse and there were plenty more. We already had the "Win at all cost" reputation. Don't act like bringing in kids with rough backgrounds is ANYTHING new for NU.

 

This kid has had a rough up bringing and is trying to do what he can to make a better life. Didn't his best friend got shot and killed standing RIGHT next to him? If I'm not mistaken both of his parents are crackheads with HIV and left him to the system. I say let him have his year or two at Prep school and while he is there stay in his ear about NU.

 

I understand that we hae brought in some kids with baggage in the past. I wasn't exactly in favor of it then, and I am not in favor of it now. When we have a chance to choice between a clean player and a player with baggage, i would take the clean player.

 

The best way to change the "win at all cost" reputation. Is to change it. Sure it will take some time, but it is not impossible to do.

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Also, it makes me sick that people have a win at all cost attitude. Bring in the best talent availible no matter what kind of baggage they bring. How much crap have people talked about Miami for bringing kids like Willie Williams aboard because he was a great athlete but had a huge criminal record. If you want us to turn into a program like Miami then so be it.

 

I think Williams being arrested or in trouble with the law almost twenty times is a little more extreme than a guy that doesn't know how to protect himself when having sex.

 

Larry Phillips, Reggie Baul, Christian Peter, Bullet-butt Abdul, Doug DeBouse and there were plenty more. We already had the "Win at all cost" reputation. Don't act like bringing in kids with rough backgrounds is ANYTHING new for NU.

 

This kid has had a rough up bringing and is trying to do what he can to make a better life. Didn't his best friend got shot and killed standing RIGHT next to him? If I'm not mistaken both of his parents are crackheads with HIV and left him to the system. I say let him have his year or two at Prep school and while he is there stay in his ear about NU.

 

I understand that we hae brought in some kids with baggage in the past. I was exactly in favor of it then, and I am not in favor of it now. When we have a chance to choice between a clean player and a player with baggage, i would take the clean player.

 

The best way to change the "win at all cost" reputation. Is to change it. Sure it will take some time, but it is not impossible to do.

What "baggage" do you have issue with? The kid is mostly misunderstood and misrepresented. Read the post I put two up.

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if the story that you posted is true, then it looks like alot of the trouble and baggage is overhyped. i will admit that when i "heard" about taking Primetime's car i just assumed that the kid had problems with the law. The story says that he has never been arrested and doesnt do drugs.

 

Also there was something out there that he had 4 kids or something like that, but only has 2 daughters.

 

looks like alot of his troubles are really just troubles will his grades.

 

i guess that is what happens when you assume about something.

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im sure that just becuz hes so unbelievably talented people would love to start rumors.

 

thats why I dont understand people on this board saying he shouldnt come to nebraska.....when they dont even know whats going on.

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Has anyone else noticed, or is it just me, Noel is not even on the list of RB recuits as far as Scouts is concerned? If you pull up all the RBs he is not even listed??? Huh?

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Of course everyone deserves a second chance. He has had a tough time, losing both parents so young. I doubt if will ever see him at Nebraska with D. Sanders around him. I'm sure hes bending his ear about his college, and going there.

 

 

GBR!!!

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This kid could turn into the next Lawrence Phillips, but he could also turn into the next Emmit Smith... remember Smith had a bit of a troubled past when he was in HS as well and chose Florida over Nebraska...he turned out pretty well and if Devine somehow ends up in Lincoln we should have faith that he will as well. I have enough faith in what I've seen from our staff that they could handle him.

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I heard that he may go to the Milford Academy for a year then reopen his recruiting once he becomes eligible.

Milford Acadamy is a prep school and would not take away from his eligibility. Right?????

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I heard that he may go to the Milford Academy for a year then reopen his recruiting once he becomes eligible.

Milford Acadamy is a prep school and would not take away from his eligibility. Right?????

Correct

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No we don't have a shot at him. It reminds me of the Bo Williams situation. It was nice that he visited here (bo) but he was never really considering it. Now with the departure of Blake look for Devine to go back to a Florida school. I predict he will be there for 2 years then declare for the draft. For our system to work it seems like we need kids longer than 2 years.

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If he does go to Milford Academy do we have a better shot at getting him next year or is he going to FSU, WVU, or Florida?

 

 

Noel Devine set to make first official visit

 

Devine's high school coach, James Iandoli said that the ESPN 150 running back will take his first official recruiting visit to LSU.

Devine, who will attend postgraduate Milford Academy (N.Y.) if he doesn't qualify, is also considering Florida State, Florida, West Virginia, and North Carolina amongst other schools. However, Milford is currently Devine's most likely destination with Iandoli adding that, "I think Milford Prep is his best course of action but he will see what kind of other opportunities are out there," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

 

The John Blake effect

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agree, he has alot of catching up to do maturity-wise and accademically.

quite frankly, the kid is a huge risk, until HE proves otherwise, regardless of talent....

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Oh well........if he wants to go to North Carolina then that's his choice. Personally if I was him I would go to a bigger school. :dunno

UNC is very difficult to get into to.

 

I understand that, but it's not a football school??? It's a basketball school so that's where I would be confused with him choosing to go there???

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Noel Devine still getting attention

 

Devine's shaky academic situation isn't preventing some of the nation's top coaches from paying the North Fort Myers standout a visit. Bobby Bowden of Florida State, Nick Saban of Alabama, and West Virginia's Rich Rodriguez are all expected to spend some time with the ESPN 150 running back this week, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

Devine will attend postgraduate Milford Academy (N.Y.) if he doesn't academically qualify.

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Noel Devine still getting attention

 

Devine's shaky academic situation isn't preventing some of the nation's top coaches from paying the North Fort Myers standout a visit. Bobby Bowden of Florida State, Nick Saban of Alabama, and West Virginia's Rich Rodriguez are all expected to spend some time with the ESPN 150 running back this week, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

Devine will attend postgraduate Milford Academy (N.Y.) if he doesn't academically qualify.

Saban has enough money to get Devine to Bama!

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