For those of you that follow recruiting closely, I guess this is a bit of old news considering it's almost 24 hours old. But a lot of our readers don't, so deal with it. TCU received their 10th commitment for their 2013 recruiting class yesterday when Plano's Joseph Noteboom picked the Frogs over scholarship offers from Texas Tech, Iowa State, Purdue and Northwestern amongst others.
There is some discrepancy as to just how big Noteboom is and whether he will end up on the offensive or defensive side of the ball, but either way he'll be right on the line of scrimmage. He's listed in various publications at being either 6'5" or 6'6" and somewhere between 240 and 265lbs. Some, such as Rivals, see him as a defensive end at the college level. Others, such as Dave Campbell's Texas Football, see him as an offensive lineman- they named him one of the 30 best in the state in their most recent magazine.
This may sound silly coming from an unpaid blogger, but I'd tend to trust the print journalist over the writers from a subscription-based website. No disrespect to the staff at Purple Menace, who do a great job, but Noteboom looks like an offensive tackle to me. Sure, that 4.74 forty time sounds great coming off the edge as a pass rusher. But that speed combined with his lengthy frame, background in hockey and at tight end (meaning he probably has great footwork) and supposed calm demeanor make him a perfect candidate to protect a quarterback from rushers coming off that edge.
Watch his highlight video HERE and decide for yourself. What do you think- offense or defense?