The past few seasons have seen Vanderbilt produce terrific prospects at quarterback (Jay Cutler), wide receiver (Earl Bennett) and offensive line (Chris Williams). Now, it looks as though the Commodores have a chance to add some elite running backs to that list. Just a few days after picking up a commitment from three-star Alabama running back Zac Stacey, Bobby Johnson's staff has brought another elite running back prospect into the fold.
Chamblee, Ga. running back Warren Norman is one of the top backs in the state of Georgia and on Sunday morning he committed to his college of choice, Vanderbilt.
"I kind of told them yesterday but I confirmed it this morning," Warren said on Sunday evening. "I've been doing a lot of talking with Coach Johnson and Coach Kitchings and they told me a lot of good things about the program. They said that it is the best balance of football and education and education is something that's really important to me. There's education, it's close to home and early playing time. It's a good fit and I like Coach Johnson a lot. He's a very good person."
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The timing of the decision came before the start of Norman's senior season, a season in which Chamblee will be attempting to follow up its state semifinals appearance of 2007. He now hopes to keep his focus solely on his team.
"I really liked Vandy from the beginning and after the season, I told myself I was going to wait it out but during the summer, it was kind of hectic," he said. "It feels great to get it out of the way. I don't have to worry about it anymore. My family is really excited about the school and they liked them more than any other school."
Norman is very firm in his commitment only anticipates taking one official visit in the fall. His first visit to Vanderbilt clearly made an impression.
"It was real nice," he said. "I was real impressed by the school and the campus and they've got 25 million dollars of construction on the athletic facilities so that was very impressive."
As a junior, Norman rushed for 1,527 yards and 24 touchdowns and he is currently rated as the No. 30 all-purpose back in the nation.