Phil Norman To Be A Gopher Preferred Walk-on

Phil Norman, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound tackle from Duluth (MN) East, will be a preferred walk-on with Minnesota next fall, accoridng to his mother Julie. Norman is a 4.0 student who has been accepted into the Carlson School of Management and ranks #1 in his class. Norman helped lead the Greyhounds to a 10-1 mark, losing to Orono in the state quarterfinals.

Phil Norman had considered just being a student at Minnesota, when GoldenSports.Net caught up with Duluth East head coach Joe Hietala yesterday.

"I know that he has been accepted there and that that is what he wants to do for his schooling," he said. "But as far as playing for the U, I don't know what he has decided yet. I sure think that he could play there if he decides he wants to play. He definitely has the ability. He is a quality football player and he is huge. He could play there if he puts his mind to it and wants to do it."

Norman, a three-year starter, received recruiting looks from Minnesota-Duluth, St. Cloud State, Minnesota State Mankato and Harvard, a school he was leaning toward at one time, according to Hietala.

"He is a great kid all the way around," he said. "He is as smart as they come as far as picking up schemes and understanding what different defenses are trying to do to an offense. He can just look it over and he picks it up and makes an adjustment. He did the adjustments for our whole line. He was able to understand quick enough and communicate that to his teammates on the line. They were a pretty special group of linemen this year.

"I'm really hoping that Phil decides that he wants to play," he said. "I'd love to see it. Of all the players that we have had come through in all the years, he is probably the one that has the best potential to be successful at that level."

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