January 15, 2012

Norton talks commitment and more

Garden City (NY) Garden City Kicker Ryan Norton has had a crazy recruiting process with schools offering and schools taking away offers. This past weekend he made a visit to Syracuse after they offered and he then gave them a verbal commitment.

"Yes I did commit to Syracuse today," Norton said.

The 6-foot-0, 175 pound kicker talked about what led him to pick the Orange.

"The deciding factor was probably the coaching staff being so truthful during the process. With some schools it is just hard to do that because they don't even know what they want to do."

There were a couple other items as well that helped.

"What put them over the top was probably a combination of the academics and it was the best school that offered me."

With those items in the back of his head as he was on his visit to Syracuse it allowed him to enjoy the other aspects of his trip.

"It was very cool I liked it a lot," Norton stated. "I liked the basketball game, the coaches were very honest in all aspects of recruiting, and I liked the players. I felt like I could really fit in well there.

"The campus was real nice, the coaches were nice, and I liked it a lot when I was there."

One other item that the Orange had in their back pocket was the relationship between John Anselmo and Ryan Norton's father. That relationship made the recruiting process very smooth for Norton.

"The relationship was very good because Coach Anselmo coached my dad at Nassau Community College and he was very straight forward. At first they were not sure if they were going to offer a kicker and when they did they told me I was going to come in for kickoffs. The offered me about a month ago."

In high school Norton did all of the kicking for his team, but at Syracuse he will be able to focus on just one position it looks like.

"I think they just really want me to kickoffs," Norton added. "This season I had forty eight touchbacks the whole year. Most of them were probably in the seventy yard range with four second hang time. The longest I had was about eighty yards on a kickoff."

Other than Syracuse there were a few other programs tracking the Empire State prospect.

"Georgia Tech did offer and they took it back. When Illinois coach got fired they wanted to look at the kid that committed there, but he ended up staying. Richmond and Bryant offered me and I was talking to Miami, Virginia, and North Carolina."

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