Jerious Norwood Talks Recruiting

[Premium article] When you're one of the most highly touted high school running backs in the nation, it's only natural that the recruiting process will be hectic and full of wild rumors.

But Mississippi State commitment Jerious Norwood of Brandon just wants to make the best of it.

"It's a crazy process, it really is. But it can be fun sometimes."

Norwood said even though he's getting calls from other SEC schools and making official visits at places like Florida, he said he still plans on being a Mississippi State Bulldog in 2002.

"I don't think there will be any surprises on signing day with me. I'll be a Bulldog."

"To be honest with you man, I just want to take that trip," Norwood said of his official visit at the University of Florida, scheduled for Jan. 25.

Norwood, who was chosen as the Jackson Metro Player of the Year on Friday night at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, said he chose MSU over the other schools because he liked the atmosphere at Starkville.

"I just loved the environment and the people. Everybody's just real laid back. I feel like I'm in my own backyard when I'm up there."

Norwood said he feels especially comfortable with MSU's running backs coach, Glenn Davis, who has been recruiting Norwood.

"I like Coach Davis, he's cool," Norwood said. "He's an honest man and I know he's not going to lie to me. He always tells me the right thing. All the coaches I've met up there at MSU are real cool."

Even though he doesn't pattern his game after him, Norwood said a lot of people describe his running style to that of former Chicago Bears' Gale Sayers.

"A lot of people tell me I run like him, but I've never seen any tape of him running the ball. But I feel like my biggest strength is cutting quickly and making quick decisions. I'm going to hit the hole most of the time if it's there and explode through it."

When asked if he thought he could step in and fill the shows of former MSU running backs Keffer McGee, James Johnson and Dicenzo Miller, Norwood said, "I hope I can come in there and do what they did. But I just want to get that chance. I feel like if I can get that chance then I'll be able to produce."

Fredie Carmichael is a recruiting correspondent for Gene's Page. He is also a staff writer for the Meridian Star. He can be reached by email at

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