April 9, 2008

Tulsa adds Texas linebacker to 2009 class

One offer is all Euless (Texas) Trinity linebacker Earnest Norman needed to make his college decision. The 5-foot-11 220 pound linebacker committed on this past weekend to the University of Tulsa and doesn't look like he will be looking back.

After the offer came from the Tulsa staff, Norman knew where his heart was.

"A lot of schools have sent me mail but haven't really shown me the interest that Tulsa has," Norman said.

One of the keys factors in his commitment was the familiarity with the program.

"My position coach at Trinity knows five guys personally on their staff and their program is kind of like the Trinity program," he said. "They want to win. They put the best players on the field. They'll give me a chance to play as a freshman just like Trinity gave me the chance to start as a freshman."

Though the commitment has come relatively early in the process, Norman doesn't look at things in that light.

"There's no early time to commit and no late time to commit," he said. "Now I know where I'm going and I've got my mind set. I can focus on school and focus on my team right now where I'm at."

Norman should have plenty to be excited about with his own program. Euless Trinity is one of the top programs in the Metroplex area and should have another strong team in 2008.

"We're going to have a pretty good squad," he said. "We lost some pretty key players but last year we had a lot of 2009 guys playing. Out biggest thing now is the offensive line but they're going to be good when the season comes around."

Personally, Norman has embraced his new leadership role that includes a captainship.

"My mentality this year is I'm already a team captain, me and a couple other players are the team captains and we're here to just bring unity and win games. When I leave I just want to leave an example for what a great linebacker I was."

Tulsa should be excited about that great linebacker and his versatility.

"Tulsa is getting a multi-talented defensive player who can play safety or linebacker who can hit hard and who knows the game and loves to play," he said.

As always, an early commitment means a long period of time before Signing Day, but Norman doesn't seem interested in looking around, in fact, he's already recruiting for Tulsa.

"This commitment right now is 99.9 percent," he said. "When you sit down and talk to the head coach, the defensive coordinator and the position coach, that means a lot to me. Now I'm trying to get my teammate Tray Robinson to commit."

Norman is the third commitment for the 2009 recruiting class.

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