Jacksonville Trinity Christian defensive tackle Kendrick Norton has received his first two FBS offers. The sophomore now holds scholarship offers from UAB and UMass. Both schools have offered the rising junior as a defensive tackle.
Norton started at offensive guard and rotated in on defense last year as a sophomore. On defense he registered 16 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. That is impressive considering the roster at Trinity Christian which is loaded year in and year out with FBS talent. In addition to UMass and UAB, both FSU and Iowa State have seen him practice this spring and while neither have offered, rest assured they will be keeping a close eye on this talented junior to be.
He is hard not to notice either in street clothes or in full pads. Standing 6-foot-3 and 283-pounds, Norton is solidly and athletically built. In practice he backs that up with some real ability. Watching his footwork going through offensive line drills in practice was impressive, very quick feet, can bend and comes off the ball low and with power. He also gets to the second level of the defense very well. On defense his coach’s say that he cannot be single blocked. At this point in his career his movement on offense seem more natural and fluid. Of course his coaches feel now that he is going to start on defense he will quickly become a natural there as well. With his athleticism I wouldn't doubt them for a second.
Based on what I saw at practice the offers by UAB and UMass will be the first of many. Norton will be exciting to watch over the next two years as he continues to develop and mature. After seeing him in person I think it is safe to say that we will be hearing a lot more about him in the future.