Norton Ready to Be National Contender

Norton Ready to Be National Contender


Norton Ready to Be National Contender


By Keith McGonigle.

There is a lot to be excited about for the future of Clemson football.  Many talented players will be returning next season, and everyone is excited about the incoming 2011 class.  The class only features three offensive linemen, but they are three very talented players including the standout center from Mauldin Ryan Norton,

“I’m extremely excited about our incoming class.  I’ve heard a lot of great things about the guys we are bringing in.  I want to get there with everyone and help make Clemson a national contender.” 

Ryan is doing what he can to make the 2011 class and future classes even better,

“Every time I see a potential recruit that is interested in Clemson, I try to walk up to them and tell them the positive things about Clemson.  I’m not trying to force them to come, because they have to do what they want, I just try to talk up Clemson and give them my perspective.  The last person I talked to was [Manning’s standout defensive tackle] Phillip Dukes at the South Carolina-Clemson game.”

Ryan will not be enrolling early because of his schedule and he will be throwing shot-put and discus this winter.

How did the standout lineman’s season end up?

“Not the world’s greatest season. We ended up 6-6.  We lost some real close games that we should have won.  You can’t go back in time and change it though.  Stat wise I graded out in the high 90’s and was awarded the Big 16 lineman of the year, selected to the all region team, and will be playing in the Shrine bowl.  I will be playing with a linebacker from my team and Clemson commit Shaq Anthony at the Shrine bowl, I can’t wait to play with him for the first time.”

What will the 6’4” 272 lb lineman miss most about high school football?

“I’ve always heard that this is the last time that you play when it’s real fun.  It’s more serious at the next level, it’s like a job. Hopefully we will still have fun.”



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