March 2, 2011

Flashes offer big tackle

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New Kent State head coach Darrell Hazell brought over 100 juniors to KSU's
campus on Sunday and continued to make headway in the recruiting class of the

One of the "can't-miss" recruits to receive a scholarship
offer from Hazell was Storm Norton, a left tackle out of Whitmer High
School in Toledo, Ohio.

You can't miss him, because Norton is a towering 6-foot-8, 290 pounds.

Just his sheer size alone will garner instant attention whenever he steps
on the field, but he says Kent State is the first to offer a scholarship.

The Golden Flashes won't be the last.

"My high school head coach, Joe Palka, informed me (Monday) that they
will offer me," Norton said. "I really just briefly met with the
coaching staff. The offensive line coach [Chris Bache] wants me to come down
for spring practice or the spring game."

Norton enjoyed Kent State's junior day festivities.

"My favorite part was the stadium because they put a lot of effort into
building it," he said. "I thought the indoor facility was really
nice too. There's also a lot of stuff you can do around campus, like
go to the recreation center to play basketball."

He also built a positive rapport with coach Hazell.

"I had a great first impression of [Hazell]," Norton said. "I
think he's a really nice, cool guy who seems to know what he's
talking about. It seems like he and I would have a good relationship. He's
a good fit for Kent State."

The Golden Flashes received positive scores for his immediate liking to coach
Hazell and the various activities Norton could do around campus, but may fall
short academically.

Norton wants to be in a good engineering program, and his understanding is
that it's not one of Kent State's best programs, although it's "decent."

That engineering major is the reason Purdue currently sits atop Norton's
favorite schools, with Kent State and Northwestern rounding out the top three.

Duke, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Bowling Green and Syracuse have also contacted Norton.

He visited both Bowling Green and Toledo, and said nothing really stood out--positively
or negatively--at either school.

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