Stanley Norman transferred from Culver City, Calif., to powerhouse Gardena (Calif.) Serra for his senior season and so far things are going great.
"Preseason for me has been great," Norman said. "I feel like I got better as a physical player and got better overall. I just got better.
"We worked on everything to take my game to the next level which I came here for. I'm learning to be more patient. Everything comes together and everything happens for a reason and I'm learning that now."
The season is right around the corner and the four-star athlete is also starting to focus on a busy official visit schedule.
Only a trip to Washington State is booked so far but Norman has ideas on other visits as well - to Cal, Arizona and Utah so far.
The trip to Pullman could be big for Norman, rated as the fourth-best athlete and No. 84 prospect in the 2015 class by Rivals.com.
"I love the relationship I'm building with the coaches," Norman said. "We have a good understanding of what I want to do at the next level. I speak to all the coaches, coach (Mike) Leach, coach (Dennis) Simmons, coach (Ken) Wilson. Their program is building. There are a lot of guys now at Washington State and they could make some noise. With a couple extra pieces and the right pieces they could make some noise."
Cal and Arizona have emerged as favorites for Norman, who said he likes the relationships he's built with both coaching staffs.
"The reason I have a Cal official set up is because they've been with me for a while," Norman said. "We have a good understanding of what I want to do at the next level as well and we have a good relationship.
"For Arizona, I like Arizona because they're honest with me. Everybody knows I want to play both ways at the next level but they let me know 'We're going to put you where we want to put you but we're going to give you a chance because we're going to for sure have you on special teams.' I'm OK with that because they're being honest with me and not just blowing my head up. I respect them for that."
Utah has emerged on the Serra standout's list. He knows players on the team, he likes the coaches recruiting him and he's taking a shot by scheduling an official visit to see how much he likes it.
"I just have a really good relationship with the coach," Norman said. "He knows where I'm from, where I grew up. I want to go to Utah because there's a reason why a lot of my family and a lot of people who go there want to go there. They made some noise in the Pac-12 so I want to go out there."