Mountain West Offer For Norman

After spending his freshman season as a backup, Fullerton OT Matt Norman (6-5, 265) is ready to show he's ready for the rigors of the college came out on the edge. He recently hauled in his first offer and he updated about what other schools could be getting close to jumping into the mix...

"I just got offered by New Mexico a couple of days ago," Norman told "I've been talking to San Diego State, Utah State, Idaho and Iowa State a lot too, but so far, none of them have offered. They could be close though, it's really hard to tell."

As a freshman last fall, Norman started just one game, spending most of the season as a backup to a sophomore starter.

"There was a guy here who had already been here and he was really good, so I just learned from him and got some reps and then I started one game when he missed a start."

Norman said he handled things just fine and is looking forward to starting for the Hornets this fall, but he knows he needs to improve in one area.

"With my size, I definitely need to improve as a run-blocker," Norman said. "I was pretty good at it last fall, but with my size, it's hard to be real physical with guys because I give up so much size.

"I've played inside and outside, but I think I am probably better on the edge, playing tackle, just because I have good feet and I can pass-block really well since it's something I've been doing ever since I started playing football."

As a prep, Norman enjoyed a solid career at Monrovia (Ca.) High School, but when he didn't get the offers he was looking for, he started looking for a junior college to play at, allowing him to work on getting bigger and stronger.

"It was closer to home for me and the program here at Fullerton is really good and respected, so it just was a natural fit for me," Norman said.

He's on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and Norman will have three years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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