BE's Noe picks kicking footballs

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By Mike Farner

MOUNT WASHINGTON - There is nothing wrong with a little self-promotion when it comes to the college recruiting game.

Of that, Bullitt East senior Caleb Noe has plenty.

That is perhaps most needed in the world of football kickers. Most colleges don’t sign high school seniors for that post. Instead, they look for a player to walk-on and to earn his keep.

Noe didn’t have a problem with that thinking. This spring he agreed to attend Central Arkansas University, an NCAA Division I program, as a walk-on. He can earn that scholarship in year two.

First, he had to get his name out to the football world.

“I’ve talked to so many coaches from across the country,” the Charger senior said after his public announcement in the school lobby. “I would say it is over 100. I’ve been to 40 colleges in the process to see where I’m going.”

First, Noe had to decide that football was the route that he wanted to take. As a high school athlete, Noe had more success on the soccer field, being the starting goalie for the first Bullitt East team to ever be ranked among the top-25 teams in the state.

The senior had even gained some recognition as a sophomore when he played soccer, kicked for the football team and ran cross-country all in he same season.

Still, Noe had fallen in love with kicking a football in recent years. Last May he traveled to East Strausburg, Pa for a one day National Showcase. From that event, Noe was ranked the 83rd best kicker in the country.

This past season Noe increased his stock by making three of five field goal attempts for the Chargers including a school-record 43-yarder.

Bullitt East football coach Doug Preston said that on most teams Noe would have also handled the punting duties, but when the coach arrived two years ago the job was already being handled by quarterback Matt Bowles and the coach liked the dynamic of having the fake kick threat in place on each punt. Still, Noe did punt 14 times for a 40.1 yard average with a long punt of 62 yards.

“You have to give Caleb credit,” Preston said. “He has marketed himself better than anyone I’ve had. He is doing what a lot of kids need to do. He went above and beyond.”

Noe, the son of Tammy Noe and Roger Noe, could have attended Kentucky Wesleyan, where his father played football, but they didn’t have the academic program he was searching for. There was also an offer from an NAIA school in St. Charles, Mo., but Noe had his heart set on an NCAA Division I program.

That led to the conversations with Central Arkansas. All they could offer in year one was in-state tuition for Noe. He took it.

“They have a senior kicker this fall,” the Charger senior said. “After that I’ll earn more (scholarship) money.

“They are actually looking at me to do some punting,” Noe added. “Punting is a side thing. I worked on that a little more this year. Hopefully, I can improve that and get on the field.”

Noe played soccer and football for four years.

“My first two years I wasn’t very good,” Noe said of football. “My motto has always been hard work.

“My whole life I played soccer with guys and I loved that, but when it came down to one sport I wanted to play football,” he said. “I think soccer might have come to me easier. I’m very proud of my hard work in football.”

Caleb Noe will be pleased if any records he set at Bullitt East are short-lived. He is hoping his younger brother, Devyn, can surpass that marks. The Bullitt East freshman also doubles in football and soccer. The only difference is that in soccer, Devyn, is a forward, not a goalie.

At Central Arkansas, Noe plans to major in either Broadcasting or Digital Filmmaking, something he picked up at Bullitt East from teacher Nathan Tackett. This spring, Noe made a trip to California as part of a school-sponsored event by the media department.