July 8, 2010
Isiah Norton still looking
Even though the start of the 2010 football season is just weeks away, most of Rivals.com's top 100 prospects within the state of Texas are already committed somewhere. There are a few notable exceptions, however, such as Dallas Kimball defensive tackle Isiah Norton. In fact, the 6 foot 5, 300 pound Norton really hasn't focused much on recruiting at all up to this point in time. Norton has taken only one unofficial visit so far to Oklahoma last April for the Sooners' spring game. Now, he's seeking to take a number of visits during the coming months and his first stop will be in College Station this upcoming July 11 for Texas A&M's one day camp.
"We are still going," said Kimball offensive coordinator Cedric King who originally told AggieYell.com last week that Norton and teammates Kenneth Lynn (a cornerback), Austin Franklin, and Demario Jackson would be coming to A&M for the camp. "I think he is going to participate at the camp."
Norton would also like to attend a camp at TCU on July 16. After that, it looks like that he will start trying to set up official visits that he will take during and perhaps after the season.
"I asked him where he was wanting to go because we have three Thursday games and a bye week," said King. "He was looking at A&M, Texas Tech, and Arizona State. He also told me to check out if Kentucky, USC, and Nebraska were available. We talked about taking at least three during season and forgot about the bye week. We want to set them up before two a days start."
"I sent a text to all of coaches that had sent him an offer that he had made a 20 on the ACT. The only people that did respond was Kentucky and Arizona State and Texas A&M."
King stated that Norton has talked to a few of the coaches that are recruiting him.
"He called Purdue," said King. "He called Kentucky. He called Texas Tech. I gave him coach Williams' number at A&M so I know he's interested in them. I told him to make sure that he liked their style of play."
Norton also wants to play right away and that appears to be a hot button for him. King addressed that issue with his star pupil.
"I told him that a lot of freshmen need to redshirt," said King. "When I talked to coach Williams, I thought that A&M might want to play him right away."
Norton's recruiting has been more about sudden changes in his thought process and less about the highs and lows of the process itself. Early on, Norton was looking mostly at out of state schools but now he has turned his attention to programs located in or near the state of Texas and coach King isn't exactly sure why he changed his mind.
"It surprised me when he started naming schools around Texas," said King. "He just hadn't expressed an interest in them prior to that."
Coach King was asked if there was a possibility that Norton could commit to A&M this weekend or if the most likely course of action was for him to go through the recruiting process and take his all of the visits that he could.
"Committing is not on his radar screen," said King. "I'm really trying to get him to commit in August but he's thinking that he wants to wait until January."
"If there are any more unofficial visits, they will probably be to either Texas Tech or Oklahoma State. Oklahoma is still talking about him coming up but I don't think he is interested. As of yesterday, he aid that he doesn't want to take an official visit to Oklahoma because he has already been there."
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