Buckeyes Keeping Tabs On Norwell

One player in the class of 2010 who should be receiving plenty of attention as recruiting heats up is Cincinnati Anderson offensive lineman Andrew Norwell. The first-team all-state performer talked to BuckeyeSports.com about his No. 1 school as well as his future plans.

The list of highly regarded offensive linemen Ohio State has recruited over the past couple of years is illustrious.

In the class of 2008, Ohio State was able to sign three five-star talents in J.B. Shugarts, Mike Adams and Michael Brewster, who became the team's starting center midway through the season.

The Buckeyes have pledges from highly regarded four-star Ohioans in Jack Mewhort and Corey Linsley for the class of 2009 as well as a commitment from Sam Longo, and more could be on the way as Cleveland Glenville five-star recruit Marcus Hall visits this weekend.

Ohio State will look to continue the trend in 2010, and a number of highly regarded offensive linemen have the Scarlet and Gray on their lists. One who has the Buckeyes near the top of his list is Cincinnati Anderson's Andrew Norwell.

That doesn't necessarily mean he will be pledging to Ohio State very soon, though.

"Ohio State is my No. 1," Norwell told BuckeyeSports.com. "(But) I've only really visited three schools. I'd like to get the whole experience of recruiting and stuff and see some other schools. I think that would be cool."

The Buckeyes, who already have offered a scholarship to Norwell as well as fellow Cincinnati prospect Matt James of St. Xavier, wouldn't mind seeing the 6-6, 255-pound tackle pledge his services. Though Scout has not yet rated 2010 prospects, the first-team All-Ohio choice in Division II should be one of the top players in the class because of his abilities.

"I get after it," Norwell said. "I play all the way to the whistle and just play hard. Just throwing around people, that's what I like to do."

Ohio State has been in contact with Norwell since his season ended with a loss in the Division II title game to Sylvania Southview. Recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach John Peterson visited Norwell in early December and he has been invited back to campus.

"They want me to try to make it up to one of their bowl practices and watch them practice," said Norwell, who previously visited OSU for the spring game in April and the Youngstown State game in September. "I think I'll take them up on that. It should be fun to go up there."

Norwell said Peterson, a native in Middletown in southwest Ohio, is his primary recruiter.

"It's a pretty good relationship," Norwell said. "He tells me all about the school and stuff. We're pretty close. I like him a lot."

Norwell also has been visited by Illinois and Notre Dame since the season ended and reports offers from those two schools as well as Cincinnati, Duke, Stanford and Indiana.

Ohio State has an edge on those schools for a variety of reasons.

"It's only two hours away from my house," Norwell said. "It's a big-time school. That's what I like about it. All the tradition around Ohio State, I like that a lot."

His brother, Chris, played Division I football as a defensive lineman at Illinois and has helped guide him through the recruiting process.

"He gives me advice and stuff," the younger Norwell said. "He's already been through all that stuff so he knows what's going on with the whole recruiting thing. He's been a big help in giving me advice and stuff. He wants the best for me in whatever I do."

Norwell has been named a captain for Anderson's upcoming season.

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