Adjusting on the fly

SPARTANBURG - Shrine Bowl practice has been a bit of a learning experience for Clemson commitment Ryan Norton, the starting center for the Sandlappers.

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Norton, the Scout.com three-star center from Mauldin High School, has had to adjust the length of shotgun snaps this week.

"In the Shrine Bowl, we're seven and eight yards back—the quarterbacks are. I adjusted my snaps. I've been working on those all week," he said. "I think I've got it down."

Ranked as the No. 17 center in the class of 2011, Norton told CUTigers he's enjoyed the Shrine Bowl experience.

"It's going really well. I got to put the pads on one-more time in my high school career. That's always nice," Norton said.

"The practices are not as intense as I thought they were going to be. We still get after it. It's a lot faster pace than what I'm used to."

This week, he's roomed with fellow Clemson commit Charone Peake.

"I've gotten to know him a little bit more. I'm sure to talk to all the commits and the non-commits, just tell them what I think about Clemson, especially the non-commits," Norton said.

Clemson running backs coach Andre Powell recently stopped by Norton's home for a visit. Offensive guards and centers coach Brad Scott was through the school.

"We just talked about the academics, life at Clemson," Norton said of the visit from Powell. "My mom had a couple of questions that she wanted to ask. He just kind of answered her questions."

Recruiting contact from coaches at other schools has tapered off.

"Everyone pretty much knows I'm 100 percent official to Clemson," Norton said.


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