Norfleet a Signing Day Surprise

Michigan picks up a last minute in-state commitment, explosive running back/receiver/return man Dennis Norfleet of Detroit King.

Michigan picked up an in-state surprise at the last second as Detroit King senior Dennis Norfleet committed to the Wolverines. The 5'7, 165-lb Norfleet was committed to Cincinnati, but picked up a late offer from the Maize and Blue.

"They came to the conclusion that I fit the position they're looking for," Norfleet explained. "Michigan is not some place where an offer just comes by. I didn't think something would come along like this."

Norfleet is rated number five in the state, a four-star prospect and number 19 running back in the country. However, he is being recruited by the Wolverines as an athlete, and is slated to play a variety of roles.

"They said that I'll be starting out at kick returner and punt returner, and I'll be playing slot and will be involved with working my way into the running back position, but I'll be involved in the offense."

This was not an easy decision by any stretch. Norfleet had been committed to Cincinnati since August, but he says becoming a Wolverine was not something he could pass up.

"For one, it's Michigan," he said. "It's not that far away from home and two, there are a lot of people down there that I know that I can relate to and it's not far away for my family."

Norfleet looks back on the process fondly. He was joined in his decision tonight by his family and Curtis Blackwell of the Lifting As We Climb Foundation, who mentored him and many other young athletes, and helped him through the process.

He will also join several Detroit area natives at Michigan, and several commits, like Shane Morris and Terry Richardson, who he played with on the Maximum Exposure 7 on 7 team.

"I never imagined being at the level I am now. Now that I'm here, it's a great feeling. It's not any different where you play at, Big Ten, Big East, it's really the same competition. I have the same excitement and I'm ready to play. Football is what I do and what I love."

Norfleet rushed for 5,400 yards during his high school career, 2,003 of those as a senior. He also chipped in 27 touchdowns this season and was twice named All-Detroit.

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