Norwell Joins OSU Class Of 2010

Ohio State's class of 2010 could be almost 20 percent complete on National Signing Day 2009 after the Buckeyes and head coach Jim Tressel received a commitment from Cincinnati lineman Andrew Norwell on Wednesday. Norwell's choice gives Ohio State three verbal members of a class that is one calendar year away from signing.

In the midst of discussing his top-ranked class of 2009 on National Signing Day, Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel said that he expects to have 17 scholarships to give for his class of 2010.

Now, three of those appear to be spoken for.

Sources have confirmed to that Cincinnati Anderson offensive lineman Andrew Norwell is the third junior to commit to Ohio State and Tressel. He joins Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman linebacker J.T. Moore and Youngstown Ursuline defensive end Jamel Turner.

Norwell, the brother of former Illinois defensive lineman Chris Norwell, is rated as a five-star prospect for his class.

The 6-6, 255-pounder was a first-team All-Ohio Division II selection last season while leading Anderson to the state championship game where it lost a heartbreaker to Sylvania Southview. The year before, Anderson won the Division II crown.

Norwell previously had told that he favored Ohio State. He had visited the school for the spring game last April as well as for the Youngstown State game in August.

"I liked it, going up there. It's a cool stadium and the fans are great," he said in December. "It means I've accomplished a lot to get an offer from there. All my hard work paid off."

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