Norgard first 2012 commitment

Clay Norgard has the Colorado football program in his blood. It would have been a major upset had he decided to attend a different school. Today he ended any chance of that happening kicking off the 2012 recruiting class. Get inside for more.

Clay Norgard confirmed he has committed to Colorado. He informed CU coaches this morning at about 9 a.m. he said in a text message.

"I'm really excited to get up there and get started," Norgard said. "I'm so glad that I'm getting the chance to be a part this incredible new program."

If there was ever any doubt that recruiting would change for the better with Colorado's new coaching staff, it should be gone now with the program receiving its first commitment for 2012 just a few weeks after signing day 2011.

Generally in recent years, Colorado hasn't received its first commitment until the late spring or early summer months. This is the earliest commitment the program has received since safety Anthony Perkins gave his pledge in late-April in 2006 for the 2007 recruiting class.

Norgard is a standout defensive lineman at the high school level, but he might start his college career at linebacker while he adds strength and size. He is hoping to enroll early at the semester break and be available for spring football in 2012.

Norgard's parents both attended CU. His father Erik played offensive line for CU in the late-1980s and also played in the NFL for 10 years.

Norgard was one of only six juniors named All-Colorado by the Denver Post after the 2010 football season.

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