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Levi Norwood granted release from Penn State

Submitted by on May 11, 2010No Comment

It seems as if Levi Norwood will not be carrying on a family tradition after all. The younger brother of Jordan Norwood, Levi has asked for and granted a release from his LOI with Penn State. His father, Brian Norwood was once the secondary coach for the Nittany Lions from 2001-07 before he was offered and accepted the defensive coordinator position at Baylor. Fortunately for us, Jordan Norwood stuck around for his senior season despite his father’s departure and developed into a standout go-to receiver.

Levi’s departure marked the end of a puzzling recruitment that began when he became the 11th verbal for the Nittany Lions Class of 2010 last July. Levi was a relatively under-the-radar player, just a 3-star prospect rated by Scout and Rivals. It took a strong showing at Penn State’s senior camp to earn him a scholarship offer which he jumped on when he committed to Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions without taking any other visits. But with blue chip receivers Adrian Coxson, Kenny Stills and local sensation Alex Kenney still on Penn State’s recruiting radar, the scholarship offer and acceptance by the 3-star son and brother of a Penn State player and ex-coach with just 8 spots left in the recruiting class raised a few eyebrows.

Although he played locally at State College High School during his sophomore year, he moved to Waco, Texas with his father who accepted the defensive coordinator position at Baylor. He did not play football initially in Texas only returning to the gridiron at Midway a year later as a senior.

But who can really argue with Joe Paterno’s track record of assessing and developing players. Jordan Norwood himself was merely a 2-star prospect before emerging as one of Penn State’s most consistent receiver. In a household of athletes, you can’t really go wrong. Even his other brother Gabe played for the underdog George Mason team that thrilled the nation with a Final Four run.

First Team Second Team Reserves
#6 Derek Moye, JR #19 Justin Brown, SO #14 AJ Price, rFR
#7 Curtis Drake, SO #20 Devon Smith, SO #8 Brandon Moesby-Felder
#5 Graham Zug, rSR #4 Shawney Kersey #83 Brett Brakett, rSR

But with the depth that exists at the wideout position (projected to be at least 9 deep not including Levi Norwood ) playing time would be extremely scare or practically non-existent for the younger Norwood even with a red shirt.

Brian and Jordan Norwood will always remain an important part of the Penn State family and though it is disappointing we will not see another Norwood play for the Blue and White, we do wish Levi the best as he moves on from Penn State. Levi Norwood’s departure opens up a scholarship for Penn State’s Class of 2011.

[Update May 13, 2010] Baylor has announced that Levi Jordan will join football program in 2010. Not really a big surprise there. As mentioned earlier, Levi and Jordan’s father, Brian Norwood left Penn State to take up the defensive coordinator position at Baylor following Jordan’s junior season.

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