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Bearcats In A Fight To Keep Joshua Norwood

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The Bearcats have endured a couple of defections in the class of 2015 (Antonio Howard, Quintin Hampton) but have assembled what looks to be one of the better classes in recent years. However one of the jewels of the class is Joshua Norwood, a lanky defensive back from Valdosta, Georgia. He is a player the Bearcats will have to fight like hell to keep in the fold.

The problem for UC, as it so often has been in the Tuberville era, is that UC evaluates so many guys early that the spring offers earlier than the power schools in the regions that they are recruiting in. That is exactly what happened with Antonio Howard,* and that could be happening with Joshua Norwood as well.

* He has since committed to West Virginia

Norwood received an offer from Ohio State in early October and has been on the receiving end of attention from Georgia, Florida, and Wisconsin. Ohio State has the offer out to him early, but they were waiting on Micha Abernathy for his decision to make a serious push, as was Georgia. Abernathy decided for Tennessee last week which makes Norwood a high priority prospect on the boards of two of the recruiting powers in the country. Norwood was in Gainesville recently and will probably be making an official visit to Wisconsin for either the Nebraska (November, 15th) or Minnesota (November, 29th) games.

The long and short of it is that the Bearcats are going to have to do the recruiting job of their life to keep Norwood in the fold. Step one in that direction would be setting up an official visit for Norwood, who I believe has yet to visit in an official capacity.