Big Defensive Back Hearing From Tigers

This big defensive back talks recruiting and his plans for the summer.

New Market, Ala.--One of Alabama's top big athletes for the class of 2007 says that so far he's only hearing from one college as he prepares for an important summer on the camp circuit heading into his senior season

Six-foot-four, 190 safety/cornerback Akeem Norwood from Buckhorn High says that at the moment the Auburn Tigers are the only school he's talking with, but he hopes that list will grow in the coming months.

"Right now I'm just hearing from Auburn," Norwood tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm coming down there for the senior camp and Coach (Don) Dunn said he was going to call me before that.

"When I came down on junior day I really liked the campus," Norwood adds of Auburn. "I really didn't get a chance to speak with many of the players, but I like how they interact with each other. When I watch Auburn on TV I love how they feed off the crowd's energy. I know Auburn fans really get into the game and support their team. I just like the coaches also. I'm working towards an offer and hopefully I'll get one after the camp."

Norwood is a player who could play safety or even linebacker on the next level because of his size.

A standout for Buckhorn as the Bucks advanced all the way to the Class 5A state championship game before losing to Tim Hawthorne and the powerful Homewood Patriots, Norwood had an outstanding junior season in his first year as a full-time starter. Using his 4.57 speed in the 40-yard dash to play both safety and cornerback, Norwood made 61 tackles and added three interceptions on defense. He says that his strengths as a player should help him on the next level.

"I think I can cover the deep ball pretty good and also make open field tackles," Norwood says. "I need to work on my footwork and keep getting stronger and work on my speed."

Also a power forward for the basketball team, Norwood started as a junior. Because he plays two sports he says that it keeps him very busy during the school year so he doesn't have time to concentrate on getting in the weight room as much as he would like. "I'm getting ready for football and I also play basketball," Norwood says. "I practice basketball on Tuesdays and Thursdays during school, but mostly I'm concentrating on football. I'm working out and doing one-on-one's with our receiver Lydarius Friend."

A top receiver in his own right, Friend gives Norwood a challenge every day in practice. For the big safety it's a battle each and every day and that's something he's glad of. "If it's a jump ball he can catch it and that helps me try to defend it," he says. "He can run good routes so that helps me out. I'm getting better with my footwork trying to make shorter steps. He has great hands and a lot of power. It will help me a lot when I go against a big, strong receiver."

Norwood plans to attend the Combine in Tuscaloosa along with his teammate Friend. The combine is scheduled for April 29.

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