Kyle Van Noy, the 6-foot-4, 202-pound four-star linebacker/wide receiver from McQueen High School in Reno, Nev., has helped lead his team into the second round of the 4A playoffs with 75 tackles, 13 sacks, nine fumbles caused and five fumbles recovered in 11 games. McQueen High School is undefeated.
Van Noy also scored 13 touchdowns on offense (rushing and receiving) and averages 21 yards per catch.
Although he's an offensive threat, Van Noy is being recruited strictly for defense in college. He's Scout.com's No. 9 weakside linebacker in the country.
Van Noy has narrowed his list to five from among 11 offers, but says his top three enjoy a large lead. He also said he now favors No. 16 BYU slightly over Arizona State and UCLA. He's also considering No. 9 Boise State and Colorado, whom he already visited officially on Oct. 4.
Van Noy will be taking his next official visit on Dec. 12 to Arizona State. He then trips to BYU on Jan. 10 and UCLA on Jan. 17. He's still debating whether or not to take his fifth and final visit to Boise State.
"The (Boise State) coaches went to my game last night," Van Noy said. "Then I'm going to their game against Nevada (in Reno) today (Nov. 22), so that'll be pretty exciting. They got to see me play and I'll get to see them play."
He's says the main question he has about the Broncos are the rumors that head coach Chris Petersen may be taking the vacant Washington position. "I'm just a little worried that coach Petersen might be leaving," Van Noy said. "I definitely plan to talk to them about that."
Van Noy says that BYU and Arizona State are recruiting him the hardest. "They both send the most mail and just keep in contact a lot," he said.
He also admits that the Cougars have impressed him the most this season. "They are doing great," he said. "I know they lost to TCU, but they are still playing well. I think the game against Utah (the Holy War on Nov. 22) will be a great game. I think BYU might be able to pull off the upset. I definitely expect it to be really close."
In addition to the Cougs' impressive record, Van Noy is also very impressed with their attitude. "I like how they are playing," he said. "They've had some injuries on defense and the offense picked up the slack and came through."
Van Noy is LDS, but says he's likely not going to take his mission. "I'm not planning on it," he said. "At least not right away anyway.
"BYU probably has an edge right now for a variety of reasons and not just football," he said. "Education is important to me and since I am LDS that definitely helps too."
Although they aren't as successful as BYU this season, Van Noy says he sees a lot of potential in Arizona State. "They are a pretty young team," he said. "They've had a lot of injuries so they've struggled a bit, but I think in the next few years they'll be a top team again."
Van Noy also notes that the Sun Devils have an abundance of Nevada players. "They really recruit Reno well," he said. "They've got a bunch of guys on the team that I've played against and know.
"Plus the coaches seem to really like me," Van Noy said. "Especially (tight end) coach Dan Cozzetto. I like how he's recruiting me. He doesn't overdo it. He's soft-spoken and calm. He said that they like me at outside linebacker and that I could probably play early."
Van Noy believes that UCLA is in a similar situation as Arizona State and likes the Bruins upside as well. "I think things are definitely going in the right direction for them," he said. "Coach Rick Neuheisel really has some great coaches under him and it's going to get better for them.
"They're also working really hard to get me," he said. "They've already got one Nevada kid (four-star defensive end Keenan Graham from Silverado High School in Las Vegas) and said they want to get another one."
Van Noy says he'll make a decision following all his official visits. "It'll really come down to where my heart feels best," he said.
Van Noy reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 1200 SAT.