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.”
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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