Recruiting: Cowboys Gain Georgia Defensive End

The father of Acworth (North Cobb High), Georgia, defensive end Eric Norwood came in a couple of weeks ago to check out Oklahoma State and left impressed. How impressed? Enough to let his son end his recruiting and give Oklahoma State a verbal commitment. Norwood is a 6-1, 240-pound linebacker with 4.7 speed that projects as a defensive end.

"It's a load off my mind to get all of this over with," Norwood said in confirming the commitment he made last Thursday. "I played my best game of this season on Friday really because I had my decision made and behind me."

How good is Norwood? Last season he posted 77 tackles, seven sacks, three fumbles caused and three fumbles recovered. Despite playing on a North Cobb team that is struggling at 0-4, Norwood is off to a good start with six receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown. On defense he has 28 tackles with four sacks, four fumbles caused, and three fumbles recovered.

"My dad really liked the coaches and the campus and said it was a great place for me to go to school," added Norwood. "I'm happy because there will be opportunity for me to play quickly. I plan on going to several games here real soon and have an official visit scheduled for the Texas game in October."

Norwood had favored Auburn during the summer and also had offers from some 15 schools including Boston College, Georgia Tech, Arkansas, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt. Oklahoma State offered and that caused him to take a hard look at the Cowboys.

Norwood, who has linebacker speed (4.7) in a defensive end frame, is the Cowboys 14th verbal pledge for the 2006 recruiting class.

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