Team Struggling, But Defensive Line Prospect Not

This defensive end prospect talks about his team's rough start and which schools he's looking at in recruiting.

Kennesaw, Ga.-–For North Cobb standout Eric Norwood 2005 has already been a difficult season to handle. Expected to be solid this year, the team has struggled out of the gates at 0-3 and he says that little things have cost his team this season.

"We're struggling right now, struggling real bad," the 6-2, ½, 246 Norwood tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It's tough because we beat ourselves on special teams. We should have won every game. It has been one little thing every game on special teams that has cost us. Whether it has been a ball snapped over someone's head or a person stepping the wrong way on field goal protection. We just keep beating ourselves."

Eric Norwood is a physical player who could grow into a defensive tackle in college.

Despite the struggles for his team, Norwood has been very good on both sides of the ball for North Cobb as he plays both tight end and defensive end for his team. On offense he has four catches for 105 yards, but it is on defense where he makes his mark. Through three games Norwood has 20 tackles, three sacks, four forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles.

Because of his play this season and over the summer when he was a standout at several camps, Norwood is drawing attention from schools all over the South and even into the Midwest. He says that both Georgia and North Carolina have been to see him play this fall and he currently has a solid group of favorites he wants to check out closer.

"Things are still pretty busy," Norwood says. "My favorites are Auburn, Oklahoma State, North Carolina, Arkansas and Clemson. I haven't been to any games so far. I was going to Clemson this weekend, but my mom isn't going to be able to make that trip. Auburn and Oklahoma State are really my main schools, but of the five schools there's not really a leader."

Norwood was one of the most impressive players at Auburn's summer camp as he displayed the versatility to play on either side of the ball. Offensively he shows good hands and athleticism while on defense his ability to get upfield and rush the passer made him an obvious player to watch for this season.


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