Five Making an Impression on Norton

Several years ago it was quite common that a NCAA football program would have three or less public commitments from high school prospects before July. Now it is strange of most schools don't have several commitments at the time and hundreds of offers out. Then there are those like Jacksonville Trinity Christian defensive tackle Kendrick Norton, 18 offers and he just finished his sophomore year.

On a bus ride with his teammates to North Carolina, Kendrick Norton can rest easy that his future is taken care of in terms of having his college tuition, books, fees, etc. taken care of. Already with 18 offers in hand for the recruiting class of 2015 star, Norton visited Florida last week to earn one of them.

The Gators hosted their first day of Will Muschamp's camp and Norton was in attendance and showed out for line coach Brad Lawing and head coach Muschamp. He is a bit more reserved about his performance, but was really happy to get the offer.

"I did well but I was a little out of shape," he said. "I was excited about it, it was my first in-state offer.

The Florida coaches offered up their thoughts on what they liked about Norton and they didn't seem to hold back.

"They liked my aggressiveness and my first step, quick feet, and my toughness," he said.

While he liked the camp there are a couple of other things that stood out on his visit to Gainesville.

"It's close to home and a lot of my family like the school," he said. "It is also a beautiful campus."

Before he could get home that day from Florida, a rival school stepped in and put their hat in the ring with an offer as well. Florida State is a school he is very familiar with.

"I like them as well and all of my family is up there," he said about FSU and Tallahassee. "But, I have no favorites right now."

With 18 offers, Norton seems to have five that stand out…. Florida, FSU, Auburn, South Carolina, and North Carolina. He mentioned a quick bit about the others.

"I just always liked Auburn," he said. "I like the aggressive defense that South Carolina displays. North Carolina has a great reputation for putting out top defensive linemen."

He doesn't seem anywhere near making a decision, but the in-state schools do seem to have a little more pull at this time. Stay tuned as we keep in touch with Kendrick Norton.


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