Seven other schools didn't have to wait to offer Norton. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound offensive lineman from Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond Senior has collected scholarship offers from Air Force and Navy, football startup Charlotte, and FCS schools Furman, Western Carolina, and Wofford.
Of the schools that have offered, Norton has visited Charlotte and Wofford.
"I don't have a favorite right now," Norton said. "I like all [of the schools that have offered] pretty much the same."
Norton added that he's biding his time to see what happens with UNC before making any decisions regarding his college destination. Chris Kapilovic, the Tar Heels' offensive line coach and Norton's primary recruiter, has kept Norton abreast of UNC's situation.
"He hasn't said anything about walking on," Norton said. "But he said there's a possibility that they could offer me. I think there's only one more spot for an offensive lineman and they're waiting to see who exactly they want."
If UNC ends up offering Norton, a verbal commitment could soon follow.
"If they offered, I wouldn't take too long to think about it," Norton said.
Norton, who grew up rooting for UNC, sees a lot of positives in becoming a Tar Heel.
"For one, I like the coaches a lot," Norton said. "And I've always liked Carolina, because I've been around it a lot. I like the facilities. And you can get a good education from there, as well."
In addition to camping at UNC this past summer, Norton has attended four of UNC's six home games thus far this season. He'll return to Chapel Hill this Saturday for the Tar Heels' season finale against Maryland.
UNC has offered and is one of three finalists for Tyrone Crowder, Norton's teammate and close friend. Norton says he and Crowder have discussed playing at the same school but that they are definitely not a package deal.
Norton and Crowder served as bookend tackles for Richmond Senior this season, which ended Friday in the NCHSAA 4AA quarterfinals. Although Crowder often overshadows Norton, who manned right tackle, Richmond Senior's coaches credit Norton with just as much of the offense's success on the ground (the running game churned out 439 yards and seven touchdowns Friday night) as Crowder. Norton ended the season with 110 pancake blocks in 13 games.
Norton, who has played every position along the offensive line during his prep career including center as a junior, projects as an interior player on the collegiate level.