Recruiting in Big Ten country has become common since Dave Doeren landed the NC State job. Fisher (IN) Hamilton Southeastern standout Madison Norris is only one of the latest players from the midwest to score an offer from the Pack.
Norris (6-4, 186) might not look like a college defensive end now but that is not why NC State offered him. They offered him because of what they project him to become. He could be a linebacker who rushes the quarterback off the edge or he could continue growing into an athletic defensive end with a little more seasoning.
A lot of the schools in his area have been impressed with Norris. Indiana, Louisville and Central Michigan have offered him. The Hoosiers are an in-state offer and they offered during the summer. Norris has not said he has a favorite school but his travel plans might reveal something important. So far he has only visited schools that are closer to home than NC State. He has been to Notre Dame, Indiana and out of state schools Louisville and Pitt.
NC State was not the first ACC offer for Norris but it is still different because of where the school is situated on the map.
"I was really surprised. I just didn't expect them to offer me at that time. I was just starting to get to know the coaches. Anyways one of the coaches contacted me on Twitter. Coach Faulkner is who it was. Earlier he told me what he liked about me and the next time we talked he asked about how many offers I had. So I told him all my offers."
That's when Faulkner decided to give Norris the good news.
"He said that I was forgetting about one (offer). I was pretty confused at the moment so I asked what he meant. And he said "that's not the last offer." He said I had an offer from NC State."
Norris might not have visited NC State before the offer but he said it has been one of his favorite schools in the ACC.
"Of course I plan to visit the school when it comes down to it. It might take awhile to get there because it's a far, long way away but I plan to make it."
Norris totaled 67 tackles in 2016 for Fishers HS. He is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com