2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner

Navy lands 311-pound Colorado recruit; AFA apparently took a pass

Published: January 26, 2014, 11:52 pm, by Brent Briggeman

Navy landed a commitment on Sunday from Trenton Noller, a 6-foot-3, 311-pound offensive lineman from Windsor.

According to Scout.com, Windsor benches 325 pounds, squats 530 and the Denver Post included him on its All-Colorado team.

Air Force fans will find it interesting that Noller reportedly had offers from Arizona, Georgia Tech, Wyoming, New Mexico State, Northern Colorado and Army. Air Force apparently did not make an offer.

With Army and Navy both having offered this player, his academic credentials obviously pass the test. So it is interesting that the Falcons were the only service academy that didn’t go after an in-state prospect.

A Fox Sports story posted on Sept. 26 quoted Noller as saying the coaches that had been calling him were from TCU, Georgia Tech and Navy. Again, Air Force was not on the list even months ago in the process.

Air Force’s recruiting class doesn’t lack for size. An offensive lineman from Kansas is listed at 6-foot-4, 280, another from Georgia is 6-3, 270 and several others are at least 6-4 and 240 – suggesting frames that could add the kind of lean mass the Air Force coaching staff seems to prefer on its linemen.

The full backstory on Noller is not known. It could very well be that he indicated to Air Force early on that he wasn’t interested for reasons that may or may not have had anything to do with football. The Falcons’ staff also could have found something in him that made them shy away in the process. The recruitment of each athlete has its own variables, so it would be unwise without all the information to make too many assumption.

It just seemed worth noting that the Falcons are routinely outsized by Navy, despite physical requirements that are equally demanding at both academies. Here was a kid from just up the road that Air Force could have targeted to bridge that gap and the Falcons instead took a pass.