July 24, 2009

Noblin set for busy weekend on camp circuit

While his more heralded teammate, tight end/defensive end Travis Dickson, stays home this weekend, one of the more intriguing prospects in Mississippi is making one last camp circuit starting today.

Ocean Springs quarterback/athlete Sam Noblin will be at Mississippi State today and Ole Miss Saturday, working out yet again in front of coaches for both schools and capping off a summer that has already included appearances in Hattiesburg, Starkville and Oxford.

"It's been good," said Noblin, the son of former Ole Miss standout Jeff Noblin. "I've had a couple of schools talk to me about playing quarterback and a couple talking to me about playing other positions. I'm not exactly sure what I want to do yet, but I'm working on it and trying to figure it out."

Mississippi State, Noblin said, has talked to him about playing quarterback at the college level. Ole Miss, however, sees the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder as more of an athlete who could contribute on either side of the ball.

"When I go back Saturday, the coaches want me to work a little bit at receiver and a little bit at safety," said Noblin, adding that a switch to defense isn't necessarily a turn-off when it comes to making a college choice. "I grew up playing (quarterback), but I also have played defense my whole life. I like playing safety and I won't turn away any school talking to me about playing another position. I'm definitely open to that right now."

Noblin, who has a 25 on the ACT and is on pace to easily meet NCAA initial-eligibility requirements, accounted for 15 touchdowns on offense last season. Despite his ties to Ole Miss, Noblin said he's not yet ready to name a leader.

"I'm not completely sure right now," Noblin said. "I'm still kind of evaluating and keeping my options open and seeing what comes available."

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