Recruiting: Norwood Says He's Not Wavering

Oklahoma State commit Eric Norwood says that people in Georgia are wondering whether he's reconsidering his decision after the Cowboys' poor performance on the field in recent weeks. "I have heard that a lot of times," said the 6-foot-2, 248-pound defensive end from North Cobb High School in Acworth, Ga. Norwood, however, said Sunday evening that he is still a solid commit for the Cowboys.

As a matter of fact, Norwood and Al'Darius Thompson, his best friend from Mesquite, Texas, will be both making their official visits Saturday when Oklahoma State, 3-4, plays host to second-ranked Texas, 7-0, at Boone Pickens Stadium. Norwood and his North Cobb teammates put an end to the regular season Friday night against Kennesaw Mountain, and he then flies to Stillwater on Saturday morning.

It will be Norwood's first visit to OSU and Stillwater. He committed to the Cowboys in September after his father made the trip to Stillwater. But Norwood said he committed because he trusts Thompson, who also has committed to OSU and made an unofficial visit to the school with his mother.

"There's nothing that's going to sway me away from Oklahoma State," said Norwood, who then said that he has visits scheduled to South Carolina (Nov. 12), Auburn (Nov. 19), and also is considering taking trips to Southern Mississippi and Memphis.

Norwood says the fact that Oklahoma State has struggled in Big 12 play this season isn't swaying him in the least. "It really doesn't make a difference to me," he said. "The way I look at it, it could be a whole different thing next year. I feel like the guys in the recruiting class they have coming in could really help turn it around. You have to remember they have a new staff and a new offense this year. It's always rough the first year. Once they get it going they'll be all right."

North Cobb team enters the final week of the regular season with a disappointing 2-7 record, but that's not indicative of the type of season Norwood has had. Norwood has 43 tackles, 10 quarterback sacks, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries (including one returned for a touchdown) and four pass deflections from his defensive end position. On offense, as a tight end, he has 13 catches for 260 yards and two touchdowns.

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