Otis Focused on Senior Season

GASTONIA, N.C. --- Norkeithus Otis is putting the recruiting process on hold until after his senior football season concludes as he helps Ashbrook fight for a playoff spot.

"I'm just taking my time and just focusing on school and football for right now," Otis said. "And then after the season, I'll try to make my decision."

In attempting to make his decision, Otis plans to take official visits to each of his final five schools – Duke, Florida, Georgia Tech, LSU, and North Carolina.

Otis has, though, unofficially visited UNC for the East Carolina and Clemson games.

"They went pretty good," Otis said. "We had a great time. I was able to find out more things about [UNC], like how do I fit into the university."

While adjusting to first-year head coach Greg Hill's system, Ashbrook dropped its first five games. However, with Friday's 26-20 victory over cross-town rival Forestview, the Green Wave has won three of the past five contests and kept its playoff hopes alive.

Unofficially Otis had eight tackles against Forestview, but more importantly tipped a late game punt which gave Ashbrook great field position to milk the clock.

"That was major," Hill said of the deflection. "That was the difference between us getting the ball on their 40-[yard line] or what not, as opposed to getting it on our own 40-[yard line]. That changed field position and gave us a lot more options late in the game."

Although he is being recruited to play linebacker, Otis typically plays end in Ashbrook's ‘50' defense. Against Forestview, though, he was moved to weak-side linebacker.

"Norky plays hard consistently all the time," Hill said. "He's had a good year, but I think he could have had a much better year had we not had injuries to where [he has to play out of position]… I think anybody that coaches the game knows that if you keep moving a kid around, it's going to be tough for him to get into a grove. And that's what we've unfortunately done with him this year – and I hate it."

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