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Georgia defender Eric Norwood (6-1, 251, 4.8) plans a decision in the next week or so and it's likely to be either Auburn or Arkansas.

A lot of 2006 football prospects that the University of Arkansas is involved with are quickly making decisions before the 2005 season gets underway.

Another one who apparently do so very soon is Kennesaw (Ga.) North Cobb standout Eric Norwood, a 6-2, 251-pound defender who could end up at linebacker, defensive end or even grow into a defensive lineman in college.

"I'm getting very close to making a decision, but I am still waiting on a few things," Norwood said. "I think I'm going to make my decision in the next week or so, definitely in the next two weeks or so before my season gets underway."

Norwood will most likely make his decision between Auburn and Arkansas while Boston College, Oklahoma State and Wake Forest round out his top five.

"Right now I would say that Auburn is my leader with Arkansas slightly behind," Norwood said. "But my recent visit to Arkansas has really made me think about things and there are still some factors that could move them ahead."

Such as whether Springdale quarterback Mitch Mustain commits to the Razorbacks in the near future.

"That is certainly one of the factors," Norwood said. "I'm not saying it is the absolute factor and I would definitely come to Arkansas if that happens, but that sure would be a huge thing that would tell me where their program is heading."

Norwood made his way to the UA Seniors Camp last weekend, ran a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash and came away extremely impressed.

"I had no idea what Fayetteville was about until I got there and I was overwhelmed," Norwood said. "I had no idea it was as happening and had so much stuff. It is a very progressive place, one that has everything you need. I was just surprised."

Norwood was also impressed with the facilities.

"I have been to a lot of different places, but Arkansas' facilities - the stadium, the weight room and the indoor workout area - are the best I have ever seen without a doubt," Norwood said. "The coaching staff is also just a great group of guys to be around and there is a lot of talent there, a lot of talent."

He's been to Auburn numerous times.

"I've been down there about seven or eight times," Norwood said. "It is just like home to me. They've got a great football program and I just feel happy to have such good choices."

Norwood had 77 tackles last season with 7 sacks and 22 quarterback pressures. He also forced three fumbles, recovered three, blocked a kick and had six pass deflections.

That followed up a sophomore season where he had 83 tackles, five sacks, 7 pressures, 2 interceptions,three forced fumbles and three recoveries, 7 pass deflections and a blocked kick.

"I think I could make a good linebacker or defensive end in college, just wherever the coaches at the school I end up at need me," Norwood said. "Now I've just got to decide where that is going to be."


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