Comparison: Jake Eldrenkamp (UW)
Prep Career/Awards: Named the Tri-City Athletic League (TCAL) Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2016 ... also named to the Stockton Record's all-area first team ... also first-team All-CIF Sac-Joaquin Section ... as a senior, helped lead St. Mary's to a 14-2 record, the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship and a berth in the state's Division I-AA state championship game, where the Rams loss by three points ... in 2015, as a junior, helped St. Mary's to a 10-3 record and the section semifinals ... named second-team All-TCAL as a defensive lineman in 2015 ... ESPN.com rated him the No. 71 offensive tackle prospect in the nation ... ranked the No. 132 offensive tackle prospect in the country by scout.com ... played for coach Tony Franks.
Offers: In addition to the offer from the Huskies, Norgaard had actually been committed to Nevada for some time and also sported offers from Cal, Arizona, Fresno State, New Mexico, UNLV, Wyoming and several Ivy League schools.
Why Washington: "Washington was just the perfect fit for me. I really liked coach (Chris) Strausser and coach (Chris) Petersen. The school is great, the people are great, it's just a great place to be."
If he had chosen a different school: "I'd say probably Cal. It's got a lot of good things to offer and it's a better school than some of the other ones recruiting me."
Analysis: "Norgaard projects to play right tackle in college but could end up sliding inside and being a guard. He’s a physical player that’s better in run blocking than pass protection, though he’s adequate as a pass blocker. Will need to get stronger in college though and a redshirt year will probably be on the agenda." - Brandon Huffman
High School Coach Says: "The great thing about Cole is that he's an outstanding football player and a great kid. He's just now starting to tap into his full potential and I think he will be an excellent player at the next level. He works really hard and he showed great leadership skills throughout his time on our team." -- Tony Franks (St. Mary's HC)
Position Projection: Norgaard will get his start outside at tackle where he can use his naturally good feet and long arms to keep pass rushers at bay. He probably projects better as a right tackle because he's more of a road-grader. We'll see how things go, but he could wind up playing tackle or guard, depending on need down the road.
2017 Season Projection: The nice thing about both offensive line commits (Norgaard and Henry Bainivalu) is that Washington does not need to play them, so they won't see the field until they are ready. Norgaard is so new to the game, we expect him to need at least a year or two in the system before he seriously challenges for playing time, so expect him to redshirt this season and to push for playing time in a year or two.