Urban Meyer continues to load up Ohio State's secondary as Georgia native Joshua Norwood is now officially a member of the Ohio State football team after faxing in his National Letter of Intent.
The 5'10, 175-pound cornerback gave a verbal commitment to the Buckeyes on November 4--just a few days after officially visiting Columbus. Before that, Norwood had been committed to the Cincinnati Bearcats for just over four months.
Norwood capped a strong senior season this past fall by intercepting six passes and returning one for a touchdown. He played at Valdosta High School which competes in class 6A, the toughest class in the state. Norwood was lining up against great programs and players week-in and week-out, so that adjustment of competing at a high level shouldn't be a tough one.
In addition to what's been mentioned, Norwood also held offers from Duke, Minnesota, Purdue, Troy, and Georgia Southern. It'll be tough to crack the starting lineup as a freshman, but there's a chance Norwood could find himself in the two-deep when fall camp comes to a close.
Ohio State has had success in the Peach State over the last several years grabbing Raekwon McMillan in last year's cycle and Vonn Bell the year before that. The Buckeyes were also able to hit on another Georgian in the class of 2010, a cornerback by the name of Bradley Roby who turned into a future first round draft pick.
Our own Christopher Jason shares his thoughts on the Valdosta (GA) defensive back:
Joshua Norwood plays much bigger than 5’10, 175 pounds, as he is physical in the run game and is physical in coverage. He displays great ball skills and he has good awareness in coverage. He also shows good instincts and reads the quarterback’s shoulder well in zone coverage. Norwood comes out of his breaks quickly to come up and make plays on other receivers. Norwood is talented but he will have his work cut out for him to crack the two-deep in the Buckeye defensive backfield.
Here's your latest signee in action: