Former Nebraska Cornhusker Lannie Hopkins came from the same area in Rowlett, Texas as Jared Norton. He played the same position, had about the same build and offered similar speed, as well. Norton stands 6' 3" and weighs in at 220 pounds while putting out an impressive 4.5 40 yard dash. He benches 265 pounds, squats 420 pounds and power cleans 250 pounds all while carrying a 3.3 GPA in the classroom.
As a junior, he had 131 tackles, 16 for loss, five sacks and caused six fumbles. He was named All-District, Honorable Mention All-State, and was invited to the U.S. Army All-American combine. He claims offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas, Purdue, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Iowa State, Nebraska, Arizona and Mississippi State while LSU, North Carolina State and Vanderbilt are also showing strong interest. He claims his current favorites as Texas, Texas A&M and LSU and cites his strengths as his speed, reading guards, his mobility and his ability to play at every linebacker spot.
Growing up, Jared became infatuated with the Michigan Wolverines since his father was originally from Flint and keeps a devotion to the Wolverines to this day. That said, he has enjoyed what the in-state schools has shown him. Nebraska's newest coach, wide receivers guru Ted Gilmore, is attempting to lure Jared out of the Lone Star State in an opportunity to see the world. "He just asks if I consider coming to Nebraska, try to come and leave the Texas territory, said Norton. Jared mentions that Nebraska has contacted him a fair amount with correspondence and phone calls and, for now at least, it appears Nebraska has a shot. ", I remember when Nebraska was real good and they had a really good recruiting class this past year. I think right now all of them have a pretty good chance because I've only been to two schools," said Norton.
Norton makes it clear that while he does want to take some visits and see what's outside of Texas, if he finds a school that he clicks with, the commitment trigger could easily be pulled. "I'm going to take some visits, schools I have a lot of interest in and I don't want to do it (commit) too early so I don't get to see what other schools have to offer, but if I find a school I really like then I'll commit," he said. So what will a potential school have to show Norton for him to give them some credence? "I'd say academics probably the first thing and playing time will probably be the second thing, location doesn't really matter," he said. Jared makes it clear that while he may not come in and start immediately, he wants to be at a school where he can at least make the standard rotation.