Recruiting: Norwood Says 'Visit Went Great'

Did Oklahoma State commit Eric Norwood enjoy his trip to Stillwater this past weekend when the Cowboys put a scare into the second-ranked Texas Longhorns? "The visit went great. The best part was just watching the game. I just wanted to see a good game, and it was a really good game," said the 6-foot-2, 250-pound senior from North Cobb High School in Acworth, Ga.

Norwood was visiting Oklahoma State with longtime friend Al'Darius Thompson who also has committed to the Cowboys. "We were together the whole time, and met with all the coaches together," Norwood said. "When we met with coach (Mike) Gundy he basically told us how he could see both of us coming in and helping right away (on the defensive side of the ball)." Norwood said the Cowboys are expecting him to play linebacker, while the 5-10, 175-pound Thompson is projected as a cornerback.

The Cowboys have four senior linebackers and are thin at the position. As a matter of fact, walk-on redshirt freshman linebacker Jeremiah Burton was called upon against Texas when linebacker Rodrick Johnson was out of the game with an injury for a short time. Norwood said he noticed the Cowboys' lack of depth at linebacker.

"I talked to Marcus Brown (the transfer who is redshirting this season) from Air Force quite a bit, and he broke it down for me. They have four seniors leaving and only two guys coming back. I'd be right in the mix. (Defensive coordinator) Coach (Vance) Bedford and (linebackers) coach (Todd) Bradford talked to me about how they planned to use me," said Norwood, who is going to be featured on "Countdown to Saturday" on Fox Sports South this week.

Norwood said he also met with OSU President David Schmidly and Athletic Director Mike Holder. "You never get to meet with the president of the college when you go on a visit. That really shocked me," he said. "Both the president and athletic director are committed to athletics, and that impressed me."

Norwood also spoke highly of head coach Mike Gundy. "He was really down to earth. He said basically that they would be wanting us to come in and play as true freshmen," he said.

Both Norwood and Thompson were shown around during their visit by defensive end T.J. Minor and safety Andre Sexton, both freshmen. "We asked them how the coaches treated them," Norwood said. "They said that they treat everybody the same, and don't treat one player better than everybody else. They both said that the coaches treat the players nice. When I asked a lot of other players that, they all said that, too."

But the biggest impact on Norwood was the Cowboys' commitment to academics. He plans to major in sociology and enjoyed meeting with Terry Henley, who helps oversee the football players academics. "It's the academic support that probably stood out to me. They're doing something good if they're graduating 90 percent of your players," he said. "(Terry) was cool. He just talked to us about what to expect and if we get off track they're going to be on us."

Norwood and Thompson, best friends since fourth grade, said they have visited since returning to their homes Sunday. "We've just talked about how we want to go in and work hard and try to make a difference," Norwood said. "They've said the think we can both come in and play as freshmen, so we've been trying to decide if we want to move in June or July."

Norwood, who has been selected to play in the Georgia North-South All-Star game in December, said he still plans to take a couple unofficial visits – to Auburn on Nov. 19 and another to South Carolina on a yet to be determined date.

"If today was signing day, I'd sign with Oklahoma State," Norwood said.

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