February 7, 2007

Devine will not sign

Just when you thought the recruiting saga of North Fort Myers, Fla. running back Noel Devine was over with his commitment to West Virginia, things aren't so simple. Now it appears that Devine won't be signing with anyone.

"Noel isn't going to sign today," said a clearly frustrated James Iandoli, the head coach at North Fort Myers. "He had a long conversation with Deion Sanders last night and Deion told him to wait. I don't know if that means he'll visit Florida State this weekend or not but it doesn't appear that that's what this is about. Deion wants him to go to prep school and take his time and visit more schools then."

Devine, a 5-foot-8, 170-pounder with amazing quickness, was all set to sign with Rich Rodriguez and the Mountaineers last night.

"The last I spoke to him he was all set and we were ready to end it," Iandoli said. "But this morning he tells me that Deion thinks he shouldn't sign so it's between them now. If Noel wants to delay things and not sign, there's not much I can do. But dealing with West Virginia and all the other schools today hasn't been fun. It hasn't been a good day."

Devine is ranked as the No. 1 all-purpose running back in the country and has taken official visits to Alabama and West Virginia. He was also considering Florida State and Florida at the time of his decision.



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