Trenton “Tiny” Noller faces a life-changing decision in the next couple of weeks, but the standout offensive lineman seems to be taking it all in stride.
The 6-foot-3, 320-pound Noller, a four-year-starter at center for the Windsor Wizards, will make an official visit to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., next weekend. Noller, the son of Martin and Julie Noller of Severance, said he’s been offered scholarships to play football and continue his education at Navy, Georgia Tech, Arizona, New Mexico State, Wyoming and the University of Northern Colorado. San Jose State and New Mexico have also shown interest in Noller, who said he’ll take his time before making a commitment. National Signing Day is Feb. 5.
“It’s pretty stressful. It’s hard to make a choice. I thought it was going to be easy. I definitely wouldn’t want to do it all over again,” said Noller, who carries a 3.7 grade-point average. “That whole process is kind of tough. At this point, Navy is high on my list, but everyone else is kind of fair game right now. It’s been an interesting experience.”
Noller’s first offer was from Arizona during his junior year, and Georgia Tech offered Noller a scholarship last summer. Colorado and Colorado State have not contacted Noller
“I just want a school that clicks and where I’m comfortable at,” said Noller, an All-Colorado selection by The Denver Post. “I’m just a hard-working lineman who goes in there and scraps for every play.”
Noller’s dad said Navy will be the first official visit for his son, and that Trenton might take another official visit to a school before Feb. 5.
Martin Noller admits the recruiting process has been up and down. Once considered a four-star (out of 5 stars) recruit and the No. 1-ranked center in the country by Rivals.com last spring, Noller dropped to a two-star recruit.
“I don’t really care about the rankings at all. I’m not big into that,” Noller said.
Martin said it’s hard to figure out the recruiting services.
“That’s the funny part of the recruiting services. Both Scouts and Rivals had him as the No. 1 center in the country. Rivals had him a four star, then he went down to a three star and then he went down to a two star,” Martin said. “The only thing they had to judge him on was his offer list. They had already seen his film from his junior year, and off of that film they said he is a four-star guy. They looked at the same film when they rated him a four star as they did when they rated him a two star. I’d really rather he be judged on his ability to play football, and it really hasn’t been. He doesn’t have the Alabama and the SEC offers. He doesn’t have the Big Ten offers, and I get that part. His style is unique. He’s really kind of that old-school, smash you into the ground kind of run blocker.”
Martin said the recruiting process has been frustrating.
“There’s a lot of flirtation going on,” Martin said. “I think that’s just kind of the way the game works. They kind of make you think they’re definitely interested, sometimes the interest is there and sometimes it’s not. At the same time, it is exciting. I’m glad I don’t ever have to do this again.”
Navy is high on Noller’s list. Windsor defensive end Zach Peck recently committed to Navy. Martin said Navy has loved Trenton from the moment they saw his film. Noller took an unofficial visit to Navy last summer.
“They want him to compete on the first day on the offensive and defensive side of the ball,” Martin said. “They said they fully expect him to start as a freshman, and his first game would be against Ohio State. As a dad, you want your kid to go to the Naval Academy. It is probably his top school right now. I think for him, it all comes down to whether he wants to be in the military or not. He absolutely loves Annapolis. He loves the campus. He loves the program and the coaching staff.”