A good chunk of the nation’s top high school players are trying to wrap up their college recruitment before fall camp starts for their 2016 season and on Friday, Fort Smith (Ark.) cornerback Tre Norwood shut things down and committed to Louisville.
“I’m extremely excited and blessed to say I am committing to the University of Louisville,” Norwood said on Twitter.
— Tre Norwood (@trenorwood_3) July 29, 2016
Norwood just visited Louisville yesterday and it didn’t take long for him to make up his mind.
“It was great,” Norwood told Today’s U. “I got to see all the facilities, the dorms, and the campus. It’s a great atmosphere, being around the players and coaches. I enjoyed myself.”
Today’s U also spoke with the 247Sports 84 overall three-star three weeks ago when he had narrowed his decision down to three schools, before ultimately choosing Louisville over Minnesota and Wake Forest. The decision came down to three things in which Norwood felt the Cardinals had more to offer than the Golden Gophers and Demon Deacons.
“The feeling of it being like home, and the great relationship I’m building with coach (Keith) Heyward and coach (Bobby) Petrino,” Norwood said. “Also the fact that I’ll have the opportunity to come in and compete early for playing time.”
Those three factors alone aren’t the only things that drew the 5-foot-11, 168-pounder to Louisville, which was the first Power 5 school to extend a scholarship offer.
“I’ve always been a big fan of coach Petrino ever since he’s been at Arkansas, and him being not if the best, one of the best, offensive minded coaches,” Norwood said. “Coach (Todd) Grantham who is one of the best defensive coaches, plays a pro style defense with a lot of different schemes which allows the corners to be versatile which in the long run makes for a great opportunity at the next level, and the relationship I have with coach Heyward the DB coach is great. He’s a real good coach and is great with teaching techniques which is the biggest part to playing corner.”
While relationships were instrumental in landing the three-star, Louisville’s upgrade plans also helped the Cardinals seal the deal with Norwood.
“The facilities are top of the line and with the remodeling they’ll be doing it’ll make them much better, and the living style is great also. So everything about Louisville I love. It’s a place that feels like home.”
As schools do more evaluations during the season, it’s possible some new Power 5 scholarship offers come in for Norwood, but there’s nothing in particular he’s hoping for.
“For now this is final,” he said.
Norwood is often complimented on his hips and footwork, his man to man skills, his ability to play the ball well in the air and make plays, he said.
The three-star is the sixth defensive back commitment in this class for Louisville, joining Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth safety Rodney Owens, East Mississippi Community College corner T.J. Jallow, Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian safety Lyndarious Strange, Cincinnati (Ohio) LaSalle safety TreSean Smith and Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna Prep corner Anthony Johnson.
Norwood is commitment No. 17 for the Cardinals, who now have the nation’s No. 36 class for 2017 according to 247Sports.