NSD Scouting Report: Alex Norman

One-by-one, we'll take a look at every member of the Texas recruiting class.

At times the least regarded of the four in the Longhorn class, Norman would be the crown jewel of other tackle crops. He's a big body with exceptional get-off and mobility when he gets his body moving.

The question with Norman will be whether he can hold more weight. See, Norman used to be a bigger player, but lost a big portion of that weight while making himself into a special prospect. At a lower weight, Norman was too quick to handle, somebody who could shoot off the ball like a bottle rocket and explode once he got to the ball carrier. At some point in the weight loss process, Norman simply became a different football player.

But at what weight does that explosion start to dwindle? Norman uses his hands well, but if he lacks that same burst at, say, 290 pounds, you're losing what makes him so good right now. Norman has some strength, but he's not as strong as other tackles his size.

Of course, whether he can add weight might not matter in terms of keeping him off the field. A cat-quick 270-275-pounder still has his uses, particularly in terms of setting him in the gap on passing downs, the way Chris Whaley was used this past year.

So Norman is a definite take. And he's "Texas good". The question of just how good he can be will be determined by how much weight he can handle before it robs him of his gift.

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