"A big part of my decision was that my mom used to go to UT," Norman said. "Texas was always a school I wanted to go to, so it was an easy decision to commit there."
But Norman wasn't sure he would ever get that chance.
"When my coaches started telling me that Texas was looking at me, I was surprised," Norman said. "I just went out there on the field and played. I didn't know if any colleges would be recruiting me, really. So when I was invited to their junior day, I was excited. It was really a good feeling."
That feeling was only improved by what he saw when he went on his visit.
"I really liked it," Norman said. "They seemed to have everything, but at the same time, I was amazed at the new stuff they were getting. The locker room, being around everything, it just felt really good. It felt right."
Norman also said he enjoys talking to his future teammates.
"They're some funny dudes, I'm not going to lie," Norman said. "They seem like really cool, hard-working guys who want to come in and get the job done.
"We could be a family up there," Norman said. "I think we all get along together, and we'll have great team chemistry. That was my first impression."
But Norman's recruitment was hardly a one-way street. The Longhorns told the Bishop Dunne tackle that they were impressed with his aggressiveness and how quickly he was able to get off the ball.
"I'm aggressive, always on the attack," Norman said. "I try to give 100 percent every play, all the time."
That effort has also paid off in the weight room. Norman weighed a robust 315 pounds as a freshman, but has worked hard to trim that weight to 275 this offseason. But that's where the weight loss will stop, Norman said.
"I want to add another five pounds or so, but make sure that it's not bad weight," Norman said. "If I can get to 280 and keep it all good weight, I'll be doing pretty well."
In addition to adding some good weight, Norman said that he wants to get a little faster.
"I'm not slow, but I want to get faster," Norman said. "Everything is great. I'm working hard, and everything is going to come with hard work."
Norman said his goals for his senior year included making All-State again while leading his team to state. The senior-to-be also said he wanted to lead the defense in sacks and tackles for loss.
"I want to be that person that the defense can count on to make the big play," Norman said. "I can do that."
Midlands Recruiting Manager Greg Powers on Norman:
"I am interested to see this kid after hearing how he has been working so hard in the weight room all off-season. On film he certainly shows the potential to be a run stuffing specialist, but I do not think he is necessarily a prospect to evaluate strictly off of film, because he plays both ways and at times has to stay on the field despite being visibly winded and at times even tired. He shows spurts and there are plays where you are left fantasizing about his potential, but it is not consistent enough to earn him the distinction of being more highly rated, but it sounds as if he could be a completely different player in 2011."