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All-State football: Sam Noble declines Oklahoma walk-on invite to play for Central Oklahoma

OKLAHOMAN ALL-STATE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN — Sam Noble recorded 47 pancake blocks and made 50 tackles this season to help lead Oologah to the playoffs.
by Ed Godfrey Published: December 23, 2012

The University of Oklahoma invited Oologah senior offensive lineman Sam Noble to be a preferred walk-on, but the 6-5, 275-pounder wanted a scholarship.

“It's a great honor that they asked me to do it, but I can't really turn down some scholarship, not knowing whether I would play or not at OU,” Noble said.

Noble, who was selected as an offensive lineman on The Oklahoman's 2012 All-State football team, turned down a scholarship offer from Lousiana-Monroe because he wanted to stay close to home.

On Thursday, he gave a verbal commitment to play for the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

“I had been in contact with them since the summer,” Noble said. “They've really just been on me pretty hard. I have been up to the campus a few times and I love it.

“They gave me a very good offer. It's not a full ride but it's pretty close. I couldn't ask for anything more. I am ready to be up there right now playing.”

On the offensive line, Noble had 47 “pancakes” this season for Oologah. He recorded 50 tackles and five sacks on the defensive side of the ball.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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