Junior 'Backer Hearing from Top Programs

The state of Michigan's 2009 class is looking like one of the state's strongest in recent memory. One of the more under the radar prospects in that class is Detroit Renaissance's Chris Norman. But judging from the early letters he is receiving, that won't be the case for long.

Detroit Renaissance assistant coach Antoine Edwards knows he has a gem. Even in the midst of several talented seniors being courted by Division 1 programs, junior LB/DE Chris Norman still manages to stand out consistently.

"Chris is real talented," Edwards said, "he runs so well for a linebacker. I really think he can have 15 sacks this year. We took him to Michigan State's camp and they really liked him there."

The Spartans aren't the only school to notice the 6'2, 220-lb Norman. Even though he has spent most of the summer working out independently and not going to camps, his sophomore season and testing numbers were enough to garner him some early looks from the nation's elite.

"I've gotten letters from all over," Norman said, "I've gotten some from Oregon, Central Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State."

Norman, who reports a 4.6 in the forty yard dash, will bounce around from linebacker to defensive end in passing situations for the Phoenix this year. He is also the starting offensive tackle on the team, but his speed and aggressiveness make it a near certainty he will be a defensive player in college.

"I like to hit," Norman said, "last year I played offensive tackle too, the year before I was hurt (as a freshman) and missed the season."

The physical defender says he wants to attend this winter's US Army Junior Combine and that will mark the beginning of him really getting his name out there to recruiters.

"I didn't really go to many camps, because I wanted to wait until after this season to start doing them."

That means Norman has roughly one more season before a bunch more letters start pouring in.

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