- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
It was just a few days ago when BCS schools were still sleeping on 2014 athlete Justin Noye (Rochester, N.Y./East). And when his first BCS offer came last week, it was Noye who was the one sleeping.
Rutgers extended an offer to Noye a few days ago, joining Albany as the two schools to extend an early scholarship to the 6-foot-1, 191-pound quarterback/free safety. The Scarlet Knights are the first FBS and BCS program to offer.
“They called my high school coach and I was asleep at the time and my coach called to ask if I heard the good news, and I said ‘No,’ ” Noye said. “He said Rutgers offered and I was shocked. I didn’t know what to say.”
Scarlet Knights assistant coach Norries Wilson spoke with Noye later that night about the offer. Noye is being recruited primarily as a receiver and safety, but Rutgers sees him as a running back potentially.
“He told me he liked my speed and quickness, and the first thing he said was what do I think about playing running back,” Noye said. “I told him I don’t care. I just want to play football, position doesn’t matter.”
Although he held an offer from Albany, Noye said it is a relief to get his first offer from a BCS program. He also called it a “dream come true” to get one from nearby Rutgers.
“Rutgers is always one of my top schools I wanted to go to,” Noye said. “It’s close to home and they have good academics and the football program is OK too.”
Buffalo, Connecticut, Old Dominion and Syracuse are also recruiting Noye, who will visit Buffalo on Feb. 23.