Norman A Lifelong UA Fan

SPRINGDALE -- Springdale's Andrew Norman is trying to take his mind off football, for a little bit at least.

He's concentrating on basketball now, trying to help his Red'Dogs compete in the AAAAA-West Conference.

"I'm just having fun right now playing basketball," Norman said. "I'm trying to get away from football for a little bit."

Norman, who committed to play football for Arkansas before the start of his senior season, isn't too far away from the game though.

He has been working out and plans to continue that program thought the summer.

"I'm just hoping to gain weight and hopefully compete for a job and get faster," Norman said.

The Springdale receiver, who will be joined at Arkansas by teammates Mitch Mustain and Ben Cleveland, is anxious to get started with the Razorbacks, and not just for football.

"I'm ready for college to get here," Norman said. "I'm ready to experience something new."

Labeled with the tag of "possession receiver" by some, Norman said his favorite athlete was Indianapolis Colts receiver Brandon Stokley, the once little-known receiver from Louisiana-Lafayette who now is closing in on 3,000 receiving yards in his 7-year NFL career.

"I just like the way he plays and the determination that he's had," Norman said.

Norman has been a lifelong Razorbacks fan.

His father, Robert Norman, has been a season-ticket holder since Andrew Norman can remember.

He knows what it's like to be willing to sit through any kind of conditions to watch the Hogs play -- he's done it.

"I don't remember what year it was, we went to watch a game and the Hogs were playing, I think it was LSU down in Little Rock," Norman said. "I just remember sitting through the game watching them play in the rain and it was just fun watching them."

He's known Arkansas coach Houston Nutt for several years, as Norman played AAU basketball with Nutt's son, Houston Nutt III.

"The first time he actually said something to me about football was when I was a sophomore, we're playing 7-on-7 out here and he saw me make a couple catches and said keep it up and they'd be after me."

While the pressure of the recruiting process can be tough at times, Norman knows how lucky he is to be in the position he's in.

"It can be a lot of pressure," Norman said. "You've got to enjoy it though. It's something other kids would love to have the opportunity to do and you've got to keep that in mind."

While the pressure can be tough, Norman said he couldn't think of much that could be changed about the process to make it easier.

"We've probably gone through it all with the group we've had at Springdale," Norman said. "There's not really a lot you can control when you're being recruited. It's fun though."

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