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A pledge from four-star Will Norman back in mid-August was part of recruiting run that saw Florida add three four-star defensive linemen in a two-day stretch.
After visiting Florida multiple times over the spring and summer as a prospect at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy, moving back to the northeast has made it incredibly more difficult, and expensive, for him to visit campus.
However, according to the 6-foot-5, 300-pounder, his commitment status remains strong.
“I feel like everything is still the same, my love is still with the Gators,” said Norman. “The contact is still strong. I’m still locked in. We talk every week, multiple coaches contact me every week.”
Norman said he speaks mostly with Sean Spencer and Jamar Chaney and they have a very specific message to him.
“They are definitely telling me that I have a shot at playing right away and being a productive player,” said Norman. “They tell me to keep doing what I’m doing and keep the same mindset. They love what they’ve seen from me on film this year.”
Norman has the size and strength to play early, but he knows he isn’t coming in alone along the line.
“We have a good group of guys coming in,” explained Norman. “We have Kelby [Collins], Gavin [Hill], and [Isaiah] Nixon. We’re trying to come in together and reach our big goal.”
Though he is committed to Florida, of course, other programs are still pursuing him.
“I’ve been talking to Syracuse, Clemson, USC [Southern Cal] contacted me the other day, Kentucky and Penn State.”
Norman visited Syracuse earlier this season on an unofficial visit in order to see some friends play.
To this point, Norman is the only Florida commit who has yet to see a game in the Swamp this season, and with the Gators playing their final home game this weekend, the Camden (N.J.) Eastside lineman has another decision to make.
Does he want to unofficially visit Florida or take an official visit to another SEC East program?
“Being at the games doesn’t really mean that much to me because I’m supporting them [Gators] from a distance. Knowing I haven’t been to a game, I’m trying to go there this weekend. I’m thinking about taking an official visit to Kentucky or thinking about whether I want to make that long drive [from New Jersey to Florida] or not,” Norman said with a slight laugh.
Norman said that while he could still take some visits elsewhere, he is still solid to UF.
“I’m 100 percent committed,” said Norman. “The other teams are just showing me where I would fit in. It’s the same thing you would look at with any school, how you would fit in at the school, fit in with the scheme and the system.”
According to Norman he finished his senior season with roughly 30 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks.