Football Recruiting: South Carolina offensive lineman has Georgia Tech among his three favorites after unofficial visit

Paul Johnson to S.C. recruit: "Come play for me." (AJC Photo)

Paul Johnson to S.C. recruit: "Come play for me." (AJC Photo)

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson didn’t waste any words when talking with Ryan Norton, one of South Carolina’s top offensive linemen.

“(Johnson) was just telling me how much they need a center,” Norton told the AJC, “and that I could have a chance at coming in and not starting, but getting some good playing time as a freshman. He made it a point to say that I’m a good fit for their offense.”

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Norton has Clemson, Georgia Tech, and South Carolina as his favorites, and could decide as early as May. Norton is from Mauldin, S.C., the same hometown as the NBA’s Kevin Garnett.

Norton spent his spring break touring Clemson and Georgia Tech. He was surprised by his visit with the Yellow Jackets. “I was impressed. There were a few things I was questioning, like the campus. They showed me the campus, and I thought it was really nice. It was a college campus inside a big city, which is pretty cool.”

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How hard will it be to leave South Carolina? “It won’t be hard at all,” Norton said. “I’m not really looking at location, as much as I am if I feel ‘at home’ at that particular school. Then I will go there.”

What will be Norton’s determining factors in his college choice? “It’s really going to come down to the coaching staff — I have to have a connection with them. Then it’s going to be education because you can’t play football forever. You have to have something to fall back on.

“Then it’s going to atmosphere, where it’s located, and the fans. You want to play somewhere where the fans are into it, and get you pumped up.”


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April 8th, 2010
4:13 pm

Delbert D.

April 8th, 2010
4:19 pm

Good plan. Give him reps as a freshman. Phil Smith started that way, got chewed out on national TV by CPJ, and ended up starting at RT by the end of the year when Austin Barrick went down.


April 8th, 2010
5:14 pm

Do whats best for you Ryan.

So, we’ll see you soon on the flats.


April 8th, 2010
6:21 pm

Go to Tech!! Know what is good for you!


April 8th, 2010
6:21 pm

Enter your comments here

Go Tech

April 8th, 2010
7:17 pm

Come to tech, we get it all the way turnt up!!!


April 8th, 2010
7:35 pm

Be prepared to surrender your wallet and lunch money-NERD!

Clempsun and UGay = dumb and dumber

April 8th, 2010
7:39 pm

He!! yes, be a bee, imabee, imabee, imabee baby!

Nerd Patrol

April 8th, 2010
8:01 pm

imabee. Thats classic. sounds like wannabee.

Loose the Clempson & Ugay toddler stuff and I’ll leave you alone. Grow up, have class.

Michael Carvell, 3 days, 3 writeups on Tech. UGA had a 5 Star recruit spend 2 days on campus, Monday & Tuesday. A tight end named Rome. Could we get maybe a sentence? Think like FOX, fair & balanced.

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April 8th, 2010
10:01 pm

Come to Tech, sometimes over 40,000 are in our stadium. Tell your friends to be careful in the parking lot, there is a slight crime issue going on.

Yellow is a great color. Playing on Thursday nights is not so bad.


April 8th, 2010
10:40 pm



April 8th, 2010
10:41 pm

The AJC is the hometown paper for Tech. We cannot help that UGA is located out in BFE. What’s the paper over in Athens? I’m sure all their writeups are about the pups.

AJC covers UGA more than Tech

April 9th, 2010
4:38 pm

UGA fans, the writers allocated to cover UGA football are too busy covering all the arrests and jail visits to write recruiting articles.


April 9th, 2010
5:45 pm

Go to Clemson and you are 90% likely to end up majoring in “Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management”. A friend of mine started on defense at Clemson, was a good student, planned on majoring in something valuable. The Clemson advisors pushed him toward the “PRTM” route like most of their athletes, and now he has a degree worth nothing. USCe is the same. Sadly, this is my biggest problem with UGA also. UGA has some great programs, but the vast majority of their football players will end up majoring in “Leisure Studies”. This is exploitation of the athletes, using them for football and leaving them with a degree worth nothing. It’s not just UGA, it’s all of the “football factory” schools. If it were not for this, I would not have a problem with UGA.

GT has no “easy, cakewalk, worthless” majors. Some athletes will major in engineering, architecture, a biological science, or something similar. Most will major in Business Managment at GT, which is a top-25 business program in the nation. That is giving them a degree that is highly valuable.

This is not meant to a bashing post, but is meant to bring up what I think is a very serious issue.


April 9th, 2010
10:01 pm

I’d like to see the dawg fans call this 6′4” 280 lb linemen a “nerd” to his face. But even better would be a fistfight between Josh Nesbitt and whoever uga’s crappy qb is gonna be. I think it would make up for the loss.


April 10th, 2010
9:06 am

dap01…that was sort of childish and immature post by you.


April 10th, 2010
8:43 pm

I like how the AJC put a poll up about the #3 most important thing on this guy’s list… Tech is the clear leader in coaching staff (Dabo doesn’t have Spiller anymore, Spurrier is just trying to go play some golf), and education-wise the schools aren’t even on the same planet. The atmosphere at Tech is great, but polls are a numbers game. The poll should say: “which team has more fans?”


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