Norton Commits to Air Force

Last weekend, while on his official visit to Air Force, Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond County offensive lineman Alex Norton committed to the Falcons.

Last weekend Alex Norton Alex Norton took his official visit to Air Force. On Saturday night he committed to Falcons' head coach Troy Calhoun.

"I took my official to Air Force last weekend," Norton said. "It was my first time visiting and it's beautiful out there. It was snowing when I was out there and I like the cold weather. I also love the coaches and the facilities are really nice. I just liked everything about it."

The 6-foot-3, 285 pound offensive lineman is happy the recruiting process is over.

"It feels good to finally get the process over with, it's pretty stressful," said Norton, who choose Air Force over Wofford and Western Carolina. "It was hard decision, but I felt really good about it when I got it over with."

The combination of strong academics and a strong football program played a major role in his decision.

"The main thing that made me want to commit is after you graduate, you're pretty much set for life because of the opportunities you get after you get a degree from there," Norton said.

"They've also always been a good team and I hope to try to help them continue that tradition while I'm there."

His relationship with the Falcons' coaching staff also was important.

"Coach (Ron) Burton is my recruiting coordinator," he said. "I've talked to him for a while and I really like him. And Coach (Troy) Calhoun is a great guy and I'm ready to play for him. Also, Coach (Clay) Hendrix, the offensive line coach – he's also a great guy. I have good relationship with all three of them."

Norton already knows where he will play for Air Force. He also feels like he will have a chance to contribute early in his career.

"They want me to play center," he said. "In high school, I played guard, tackle, and center. "So it doesn't matter to me which position I play."

"The first year, I'm going to the prep school at Air Force," Norton said. "After that, I think there is a good opportunity to play some."

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