Catching Up With Future Cowboy Eric Norwood

When Eric Norwood moved to Mesquite, Texas, as a 9-year-old he had no idea the impact it was going to have on his life. Norwood met another 9-year-old boy in Mesquite and the two became friends almost immediately. Today, nine years later, Norwood and Al'Darius Thompson remain close, although they now live halfway across the United States from each other.

But Norwood and Thompson will be back together again soon. The two high school football standouts have both verbally committed to Oklahoma State, and plan to sign with the Cowboys on national signing day in February.

"We always said we wanted to go to the same school, ever since we were in middle school," said Norwood, who now plays for North Cobb High School in Georgia. "I didn't think it was going to happen, especially after I moved to Georgia. But we both had outstanding junior years and it looks like it is going to happen."

The 6-foot-2, 248-pound Norwood has been one of the few bright spots for a North Cobb team that has lost all five of its games thus far. Here's an example of how dominating he is from his defensive end position. Against rival South Cobb last Friday night, Norwood scored his team's only touchdown on a 37-yard fumble recovery return, was credited with three quarterback sacks and had a pass deflection. Also, he had a 36-yard catch from his tight end position.

"I've played much better the last two games," said Norwood, referring to the games he's played since verbally committing to OSU. "The first three games of the season I had a lot of stuff on my mind. Right after I committed, the next night, I started playing much better."

Norwood committed on Thursday, Sept. 15. But he did so without even setting foot on campus. His dad made a trip to Stillwater and met with members of the coaching staff, but Norwood has yet to make the trip to Stillwater.

"Al'Darius has been there and he's filled me in," Norwood said. "He and his mom, I call her my auntie, both made the trip to OSU. I know I can take their word for it."

Norwood's season stats are impressive (even though his team is 0-5 entering this Friday's game against Sprayberry). From his defensive end position, he has 29 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 7 quarterback sacks, 4 fumble recoveries, 5 forced fumbles and one pass deflection. He also has seven catches for 195 yards and one touchdown, and has one rush for 17 yards on a tight end reverse.

Norwood said he will make his first trip (an unofficial visit) to Stillwater on Oct. 8-9 when the Cowboys face Missouri. He and Thompson will make their official visits together on Oct. 29-30 when OSU plays Texas.

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