Recruiting: Norwood Still With Pokes?

Eric Norwood, the 6-foot-2, 250-pound defensive end from North Cobb High School in Acworth, Ga., has heard the rumors circulating that he is no longer an Oklahoma State commitment and has turned into an Auburn commitment. Is it true? Has he turned to the Tigers? Norwood spoke with on Wednesday night.

Norwood, who originally committed to Oklahoma State with best friend Al'Darius Thompson of North Mesquite (Texas) High School, said he does plan to take unofficial visits to South Carolina (this weekend) and Auburn (Nov. 19). He also hopes to make official trips to both of those schools in late December or early January.

Has anything changed in his commitment to Oklahoma State? "No, not really," he said Wednesday night. "I'm looking at those other schools to make sure I made the right decision with Oklahoma State. I just want to make sure I made the right decision."

"I am still committed to Oklahoma State," Norwood said when asked about the Auburn rumor. "No sir, I have not changed to Auburn. Not at all. Someone called me the other night and was asking me about that. I don't know where that came from."

Norwood said that he's so committed to the Cowboys that he is helping recruit players he met on his official visit to OSU several weeks ago. "I'm going to call Myron McKinney (of Putnam City North) and tell him that we need him," he said.

What has Thompson, his best friend since the fourth grade when both lived in McKinney, Texas, said about his decision to make visits? "He wants me to make sure I made the right decision for me," Norwood said. "He's dead solid in his decision, and I still feel it's the right decision for me but I just want to make sure about it."

Norwood continues to hear from OSU linebackers coach Todd Bradford. "He tells me basically what he's been telling me the last few months, that they need me and I'm a big part of the recruiting class."

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