Pack Offers Norman on Visit

Chamblee (GA) defensive end Artemus Norman has had back-to-back strong seasons on the gridiron, but up until this weekend he had yet to receive his first high-major scholarship offer.

Chamblee (GA) defensive end Artemus Norman has had back-to-back strong seasons on the gridiron, but up until this weekend he had yet to receive his first high-major scholarship offer.

"Well I had a bunch of smaller scholarship offers, but I didn't get my first big one until North Carolina State offered me [yesterday]," Warren told Pack Pride. "I'm not sure why I haven't had anymore big offers. [NC State defensive backs coach Mike] Reed asked me about that in December when he came to visit my school because he said he loved my tape and wanted to offer me right then."

Norman totaled 78 tackles and eight sacks in 2008 and followed that up with 58 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, and three forced fumbles in 10 games as a senior in 2009.

"I thought I had a good year," he said. "I only played defensive end this year and felt like I made a lot of plays."

The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder wrestled as a junior but chose to not do so this year.

"Last spring my weight was down because of wrestling," he said. "I did good in it and liked it, but I'm not wrestling this year. Right now my weight is back up to 225 pounds... that's what I played at this year."

Norman is familiar with the recruiting process, as his brother Warren Norman inked with Vanderbilt last February. In 2009, Warren was one of the top true freshmen tailbacks in the country. He set an SEC freshman record for all-purpose yards and was named SEC Freshman of the Year.

"I'm not surprised my brother had the year he had," said Norman. "He's a great player... I mean I didn't expect him to break all of those records or get SEC Freshman of the Year, but I thought for sure he would play well."

Artemus now hopes to join his brother on the Division I level. Norman indicated that NC State has been recruiting him for a couple of months but didn't offer right away.

"Coach Reed told me back in December that he wanted to offer me," said Norman. "He told me the thing was they had to wait on one guy to see if he wanted to go to I think NC State or Notre Dame because they had already offered him.

"Before I left my visit I spoke with coach O'Brien and he asked me what I thought of the visit. After that he said that they need a guy who can come off the edge and sack the quarterback, and they want me to be that guy so he was offering me a scholarship."

What did Norman think of his official visit?

"I liked it a lot," he said "My host was Brian Slay and he's a great guy... a funny guy. He had me laughing all weekend.

"Everything about the school was nice and up-to-date, and I also liked all of the coaches, especially the defensive line coach."

Although Norman didn't commit while on his visit he did say that a decision could be coming in the near future.

"I'm pretty sure I'm going to go to NC State," he said. "I didn't commit yet, mainly because my parents didn't go on the visit with me and I wanted to talk with them first.

"It really felt like home there though... I can see myself going there. I think I'm going to call the coaches back in a couple of days."


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