Top-Rated CB Prospect Likes UW

For a while, Washington was in Junipero Serra (Gardena, CA.) CB Stanley Norman's top five, but when the old staff left, he dropped them out of that elite group. However, things might be changing now that he's started to get to know the new Husky coaching staff. The top-rated corner updated on his timeline for a decision and why UW is working their way back to the top of his list...

"I've gotten to know coach (Jimmy) Lake over the past couple of days since they re-offered me," Norman told "He seems really cool and I've always liked Washington. They were in my top five before the old staff left, but when they went to USC, I dropped Washington out and put USC back in their place. Now though, with me getting to know they new staff, they are definitely getting back into things with me and I really think they will be a school that I will consider all the way until the end."

Norman said he currently has no plans to visit Washington, but said when he is at The Opening in Oregon in July, he may wind up taking the trip north to see things at Montlake in person.

"I'll be up there anyway, so I may just drive up there," Norman said. "Really, I just need to see what happens and how things sorta play out. I know I want to see Washington though and get a feel for the program and also to meet the new coaches and continue building that relationship."

When he makes his decision, Norman appears to be all about the relationships he has with the coaches he will be playing for when he arrives.

"I know people want you to pick the school and not the coaches, because coaches can always leave or get fired, but you have to know who you are going to be playing for and like them and get along," Norman said. "Every school has great things to offer, so really it's about the relationship I have with the coaches and with my future teammates.

"The better my relationship with the coaches, the better chance I have of winding up at that school."

Norman said he has visited USC and UCLA in recent weeks and said he'd like to get out to see other schools, including Washington, but, as noted above, he's got no set schedule on when or even if that will happen.

"I'm pretty busy, so I have to see how my schedule works out and it's also expensive to fly places, so that will be a factor too," Norman admitted.

As far as a timeline for when he'd like to make his decision, Norman isn't really worried about making an early decision, but he's open to making one if it feels right.

"Honestly, I'll probably end up taking it all the way down to Signing Day (February 4th), but if I don't decide to wait that long, then I will probably decide to commit at The Opening (in early July), but I'd still like to take my official visits too, so I'm just not that sure right now," Norman said.

As a sophomore and junior, Norman played at Culver City and totaled 114 tackles and eight interceptions in that time span.

While has him rated as a corner, he said that every school he is considering is looking at him as an athlete.

"It doesn't matter which side of the ball I start out on, I'm playing both ways when I get to college," Norman said. "That's another big thing for me. Every school that I am considering and that is recruiting me has said I am an athlete and they will let me play on both sides of the ball.

"I just love getting out and competing and being the guy with the ball in my hands, but I also like to shut guys down on defense and that's something I feel I do really well."

We will have more on Norman in the coming weeks and months as he continues to work his way through the recruiting process.

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