It’s rare to find a defensive lineman that also has a chance to win a state 100-meter high hurdles competition but that is exactly what the Indiana Hoosiers found in 2018 recruit Madison Norris.
Speaking with media members in late December, Indiana head coach Tom Allen told reporters, “Madison Norris being an in-state athlete from Hamilton Southeastern High School, an elite track athlete. I predict he will possibly win the state 100-meter high hurdles this year and probably would have last year but got a late injury in the tournament and wasn’t able to do that. But really, really fast, long athlete that has a great family and is excited to be a part of us. I’m really excited about him being an in-state guy.”
Norris credits track for helping elevate his performance on the gridiron by saying, “Track helps me to gain and maintain my speed for the football field.”
Norris is a 3-star prospect from Fishers, IN. He received heaps of interests from top programs like Cincinnati, Louisville, Minnesota, Missouri, NC State, Pittsburgh, Purdue and Tennessee before he committed to Indiana on October 6 after an unofficial visit to Bloomington in September. He was the 55th ranked defensive lineman in the country, and the 11th ranked prospect in the state of Indiana.
Committed🔴⚪️ Please respect my decision. pic.twitter.com/FN4fkVLsVW
— Madison Norris (@Madisonnorris91) October 6, 2017
Speaking about his decision to become a Hoosier and whether or not the coaching fiasco at Tennessee impacted his decision, Norris responded, “IU felt more at home to me and I felt like I’d fit with the program more and no.”
The 6’4”, 200-pound defensive lineman made 38 total tackles as a senior including one tackle for loss while dealing with a leg injury as a senior. During his junior year, he dominated, racking up 67 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and a pair of sacks to go along with a fumble recovery.
“Even though I’m not that big right now, I’m bringing speed and quickness to the team on the defensive line,” said Norris. “And soon I’ll gain strength and size when I get down there.”
Norris will have plenty of opportunities to make an impact this fall in Bloomington with the Hoosiers losing several key contributors. He will also be majoring in Computer Science.Follow on Social Media