Not Your Average Wideout

Junior wideout Andrew Norman is one of Springdale's 7 D-1 prospects and interest in him is starting to pick up.

With one scholarship offer in his pocket, Springdale junior wideout Andrew Norman will head out on his spring break next week with hopes of landing a couple of others.

Norman, a 6-2, 170-pound standout with 4.55 speed, got an offer from Kansas last week and will visit Louisville next Monday and likely Miami-Ohio a day or two later.

"I felt pretty good when Kansas offered me and thought that might open the door for me to a few more offers soon," Norman said. "I have been talking to Coach (Bobby) Petrino at Louisville a lot lately and I feel pretty confident they are going to offer me one soon."

Norman, who caught a team-high 44 passes for 535 yards and 5 touchdowns last season despite missing 20 quarters because Springdale routed so many foes, is also hearing from Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Clemson among others.

"I think they are seeing in my tapes that I don't mind going over the middle and can go up and get it when needed," Norman said. "I've also got the speed that I can take it all the way when the time comes."

Norman loves playing for Springdale head coach Gus Malzahn, who has seven D-I junior prospects, and having standout junior quarterback Mitch Mustain throwing the ball to him.

"Playing for Coach Malzahn is like already being in a college offense and I think that has helped all of us develop," Norman said. "And Mitch is just a great quarterback who puts the ball right where it is just suppose to be and runs our offense to perfection."

Norman leaped on the scene as a sophomore when he had 25 catches for 475 yards and 7 touchdowns.

"He is a very good athlete with great hands and really runs well," Malzahn said.

Norman, who plans to attend camps this summer at Arkansas and Louisville and possibly Mississippi State and Georgia Tech, is also a standout on the baseball diamond for the Red Bulldogs.

He is currently hitting over .350 and had three hits Wednesday in a win over Fort Smith Southside.

"I really like baseball as well," Norman said. "We're doing pretty good and I am having a good year."

Norman would like to be at Arkansas' next Junior Day on April 9, but a baseball scheduling conflict could prevent that from happening.

He is still trying to decide whether he will play American Legion baseball this summer or just concentrate solely on football, which will include a 7-on-7 slate that has a trip to California for the Nike Elite Tournament on July 15.

"That's going to be great because California has a lot of great teams and players and it will let us see some great competition," Norman said. "We are just trying to do everything we can to make sure we have a great season next year."


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