Without a doubt, the offensive line was one of the Colorado State Rams’ most glaring weaknesses in 2018.
Now, with the help of Desmond Noel, the Rams are trying to rebuild in a hurry. Noel, a junior college offensive lineman from Fort Scott Community College in Cincinnati, OH, announced his commitment to Mike Bobo’s team on Tuesday evening.
— Desmond Noel (@IGOHARD65) December 5, 2018
Noel’s a 6’4″ 305-pound beast, the prototypical size for an offensive guard. According to 24/7 Sports, Ohio and Florida Atlantic were among teams to offer him a scholarship.
According to The Athens News, Noel was one of four Ohio University football players to be arrested for a robbery in Dec. of 2016. Per their piece, the football players wielded weapons and wore masks, broke into an apartment and stole $5,000 from another student.
That was when Noel was a freshman. After leaving Ohio University and going to FSCC for one season, Noel tweeted he was offered by his original school.
— Desmond Noel (@IGOHARD65) June 16, 2018
But, that apparently didn’t pan out, as Noel played the 2018 season with Fort Scott Community College as well.
So, the offensive guard comes to Colorado State with one year of eligibility remaining, looking to fill a void on a depleted offensive line.
The Rams are seeing guard-turned-center Colby Meeks, Ben Knox and fellow senior Tyler Bjorklund graduate, and T.J. Rountree was a transfer from Louisville who played poorly in spot duty.
Colorado State’s got to hope Noel plays better than Roundtree in a similar situation, a one-year player with experience under his belt. Noel will almost certainly start at guard, with junior Jeff Taylor also an almost guaranteed starter. Another JUCO transfer in tackle T.J. Stroment announced his commitment in mid-November as well.
That leaves two more spots to fill, with a whole bunch of sophomores and a few juniors going into 2019.