Noah Ervin is the first to admit that being the younger brother of two athletes comes with challenges.
Even competing in different sports, there are those who tend to compare him to his sister and brother. If it’s not the coaches who remember her older siblings, it’s the teachers at Desert Vista High School who recognize her last name and appearance.
Certainly, he was able to maintain his own standard of excellence, just like his siblings. But now that he’s entering his freshman year at Desert Vista, he’s aiming to create his own legacy and cast a shadow of his own on the school.
He’s already on his way to doing both.
“I wanted to play a sport my brother didn’t play,” Noah said. “I’ve always loved playing it, but it wasn’t until I was in junior high that I realized I could do something with it.
Noah grew up watching his older sister, Hannah, run. A Desert Vista graduate in 2019, she ended her high school career helping girls to place fourth overall at the state meet.
Elijah, the middle child of the Ervin family, made a name for himself on the grill.
He and former Desert Vista and current UCF quarterback Parker Navarro have become one of the best tandems in the state during their senior seasons. The two connected 63 times for 1,459 yards and 18 touchdowns in the Thunder’s run to the 6A semifinals in 2019.
Noah grew up watching and playing flag football with Elijah. But his vocation was football. This was made clear when he was a baby.
“When Noah was probably 2 years old my wife and I were walking in the kitchen and we saw him hit that ball against a wall probably 50 times,” said Noah’s father Jerry. “We were both like, ‘oh my God.’ He had that natural instinct.
The family moved from New Jersey to Arizona in 2008. In 2014, they moved to Switzerland for a year before returning to the valley in 2015.
This is where Noah was able to really shine internationally. He started playing in a youth league in Switzerland, where football is all they know. At first, the coaches swept him away and put him in one of the lower divisions. But it didn’t take long for him to impress those around him and rise through the ranks.
Upon his return to Arizona, he enrolled at Altadena Middle School in Ahwatukee. This is where current Desert Vista coach Trent Elliott got his first glimpse of Noah and the skills he had at a young age.
“Noah definitely played bigger than his height,” said Elliott. “His speed, knowledge and skill level was enough for me to bring him to university level and play a lot of minutes. Whenever you can have a player of this caliber, who wants to join for the sole purpose of winning a state championship, you can’t go wrong.
Noah’s natural ability helped him earn a spot on the varsity team in sixth grade. At the time, he was the youngest player raised to this level in the past five years.
As he improved, new opportunities presented themselves. He joined Barcelona’s youth program before moving to Real Salt Lake, an organization focused on preparing their players for the next level. The schedule was grueling. Practices and games all year round forced Noah to stay away from the Desert Vista schedule. Year after year, Elliott approached his former player and asked him if he was ready to wear navy blue and gold like his siblings. Noah laughed often.
He always wanted the opportunity to help Desert Vista win a championship, his schedule just didn’t allow it. That is to say until now.
Noah plans to take a step back from the winter club football scene and give the Thunder a try. If he’s on the team – he’s convinced he will – he’ll finally wear the classic “DV” logo on his uniform.
“I’m really excited,” Noah said of playing for Desert Vista. “I have always wanted to represent my school.
When trials for the team begin later in the first half of the year, Noah plans to be prepared and ready to go.
Last month he and his club team went undefeated in the Surf Cup, one of the summer’s main club football tournaments. Playing forward, he has scored two goals in five games. His team did not concede a single goal.
He said he’s excited for what’s to come in high school for the first time. Not only can he play with friends who have tried to make him into the squad for the past two years, but he can also burn Ervin’s name to Desert Vista’s sports record books.
That, and he can create a name for himself. A goal he set for himself at an early age when he chose football over football.
“I’ve always wanted to help Desert Vista win a state championship,” Noah said. “I hope I can be prepared and be dominant on the pitch.”