It did not take long for the Indiana coaching staff to identify Madison Norris as one of their top targets in the 2018 class as they were the first power five school to offer the three-star defensive end. Peegs.com spoke with the 6-foot-4, 200-pound standout from Fishers (IN) Hamilton Southeastern H.S. about his recruitment, and about the strong relationship he has developed with the IU coaches.
Norris was in Bloomington earlier this month for an IU spring practice, and he said the visit went very well.
“It was a good trip," he said. “I got to talk to the coaches a little bit more. It was more face-to-face and more one-on-one. The last few times I had been down there I got to talk to them, but this time I got to visit with them more, so that was good.”
On the day that Norris visited the Hoosiers he was able to watch them scrimmage, and he came away impressed with the play of the defense.
“Their defense has improved a lot under Coach (Tom) Allen,” Norris said. “I feel like their defense would be a good fit for me and I would enjoy playing in it.”
The Indiana coaches have expressed to Norris how much they believe he could impact their defense if he decides to play for the Hoosiers.
“They said that I could be a difference-maker for their defense,” he said about the message from the IU staff. “They think that if I went there I could really help them with getting to the quarterback.”
One of the coaches on the IU staff that the talented prospect has a great relationship with is defensive line coach Mark Hagen.
“We have a really close bond,” Norris said about him and Coach Hagen. “We communicate almost every other day. He doesn’t just talk to me like a player, he actually talks to me as a person. I feel like we have a pretty close relationship.”
The Fishers, Indiana native said that after watching Coach Hagen work with his players he believes he would enjoy playing for him.
“I think he has a great coaching style,” Norris said about the IU D-line coach. “I know he is a yeller, but I it really helps his guys get things done. I really like how he coaches the defensive line.”
Norris said that Indiana’s two in-state commits have been talking to him and other top local prospects about joining them as members of the 2018 IU recruiting class.
“We’re pretty cool with each other, we’re friends,” he said about Kristian Pechac. “Him and Jordan (Jusevitch) have been talking to me and Cameron McGrone about committing. I will make my own decision, but it is pretty mice knowing that players committed there want you to join them.”
Norris currently has offers from Indiana, Minnesota, Purdue, Rutgers, Tennessee, Louisville, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Toledo. He said that is in no hurry to end his recruitment.
“I am still looking at everyone right now,” he said about his recruiting. “Once football season comes I am going to start narrowing it down to about five or six schools. I plan on deciding towards the end of my senior season or just after it.”