Utes Right Fit for Norris

LB Jared Norris

Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial LB Jared Norris took an unofficial visit to Utah last month. The visit was great and it was only a matter of time before he pulled the trigger and made his verbal commitment. After unsuccessfully trying to get a hold of the Ute coaches on Friday, Norris talked to defensive line coach John Pease on Saturday and made his pledge to the MWC program…

Jared Norris (6-2, 220) is one of the rising prospects in Central California. Last month, Utah became his first scholarship offer. New Mexico State followed weeks later with an official offer. Despite Arizona and Oregon State showing more interest in the last few weeks, Norris saw everything he needed to see on an unofficial visit to Salt Lake City for the Utes' spring game in late April.

"I went down there and the visit was awesome," said Norris. "I talked to all the coaches and the linebacker coach made me feel real comfortable. And Coach Whit (head coach Kyle Whittingham) made me feel real at home and I wasn't even a committed to going there yet."

Norris was ready to commit last Friday, the same day his teammate Cody Kessler was planning to do the same. However, for Norris, he couldn't get a hold of defensive line coach John Pease.

"I was going to commit on Friday but Coach Pease didn't answer his phone," said Norris. "Then finally on Saturday, I was at my buddy's house and I called and he answered. It was a relief and he was very excited."

Norris is a natural MIKE backer, but he showed he has the feet, hips, and quickness to cover as an outside backer while competing at the Badger/New Level 7on7 Passing Tournament in March. At Utah, he will have the opportunity to play inside and outside.

"They run an interchangeable system," said Norris. "All the backers know what each other's job is so I can play each of the positions."

After witnessing Kessler almost make his verbal commitment only to back up and continue looking, Norris is happy his recruitment is over. "I see Cody going back and forth, and I feel so relieved that I don't have to worry about it anymore," he added.

Norris is not planning to take any more visits. "I'm definitely committed to Utah and that's where I'm going to go."

He will only take an official to Utah. Now, he says he can focus on his senior season at Centennial.

Academically, he reports a 3.0 GPA. He takes the SAT next month.

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