Recruiting: Have Cowboys Given Up On Norwood?

Just because Eric Norwood of North Cobb High School in Acworth, Ga., has switched his commitment to South Carolina doesn't mean that Oklahoma State is giving up on the talented 6-foot-1, 240-pound linebacker. Norwood, who originally committed to OSU back in the fall without even having visited the school, changed his commitment after making an official visit to South Carolina this weekend.

But verbal commitments are non-binding until National Signing Day on Feb. 1, and the Cowboy coaching staff is not giving up on Norwood. OSU assistant coach Todd Bradford, who has been recruiting Norwood, is still expected to make a visit to Norwood at North Cobb High School on Tuesday.

"When I talked to coach Bradford he said that he was still coming out on Tuesday," Norwood said Sunday afternoon. "He said that's he's still trying to get me (at OSU). I told him that I was committed to South Carolina, but he's still coming."

Norwood was leaning toward switching to South Carolina before his official visit, and made the change this past weekend while in Columbia, S.C. "I really changed because I just felt more comfortable," he said. "I really can't compare my two visits because I visited Oklahoma State when they were preparing for a game and I visited South Carolina when it was more relaxed and not as much going on. Overall, there's really nothing too much different about them except that Columbia is more like a city."

Norwood said he has visited with longtime friend Al'Darius Thompson, who remains committed to the Cowboys, the last several weeks while considering whether to stick with his commitment to OSU or switch to South Carolina. "I've been talking to him through the whole thing. He's just told me to make the decision that's best for you, and choose wisely," Norwood said.

Norwood says he will become the biggest OSU fan in South Carolina. "I'm still going to be rooting for them (because) my best friend is going to be playing for them," he said. "When I committed to South Carolina it's nothing against the Oklahoma State program. I think they've got a great program and I hope they do well. I'll be rooting for them, and if we just happen to meet in a bowl game one day that would be great."

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