Norman Takes in UM Junior Day

Detroit Renaissance junior LB/DE Chris Norman is one of the state's top rising juniors. A big time athlete, he has already caught the eye of schools from coast to coast. This past weekend, he got a chance to check out Ann Arbor for the first time as he headed to the Wolverines' annual junior day.

It was Chris Norman's first time in Ann Arbor. The junior LB/DE from Detroit Renaissance headed there for the school's annual junior day and finally had a chance to take in the sights and sounds of the school's campus.

"Oh man, it was excellent!" Norman said about his experience, "first we were showed around and I was really impressed. They have really nice facilities and their coaches were really nice guys with good senses of humor."

Norman started at both linebacker and offensive tackle as a junior, but he is being recruited as a linebacker or a defensive end, where he will sometimes play this coming season. He has already received letters from Oregon, Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State and Central Michigan. While football is his love, Norman is also a strong student who is heavily factoring academics into his college decision.

"I like the academics at Michigan," he reported, "I really liked the student-athlete library they showed us. I realize you have to be a student-athlete and that's important to me to be a student first."

Because he wasn't at camp and hasn't been to many combines, Norman is still a bit of an unknown to a lot of schools including the Wolverines. But, he is starting to send film out and will be much more active after his junior season.

"The season is about to start and I'll have a lot of time to visit schools and go to camps in the offseason."

A 6'2, 220-lb headhunter at linebacker, Norman's relative obscurity is already beginning to dwindle and by this time next year, he should be established as one of the state's top players. But for now, he is certainly already on the Wolverines' radar.

"I met Coach Carr, who is a real nice guy and Coach Campbell," he said, "but my favorite coach was the linebacker coach, Coach Szabo. He was a nice, funny guy. We had a nice conversation and talked about everything they look for in a linebacker. Coach Campbell said just from looking at me, they can tell that I'm a pretty good athlete."

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