Stanley Norman could not make the UCLA game this past weekend but he enjoyed watching it on television and really took note of the Bruins' symbolic gesture to fallen teammate Nick Pasquale of having only 10 players on the field for the first play.
"I liked how they did that thing in the first series with the 10 players," Norman said. "I respected that a lot."
After that, UCLA dominated an undermanned New Mexico State squad and Norman enjoyed watching it. He loved seeing the Bruins' tempo on offense and seeing how the defensive coaches worked with their players.
The 2015 athlete from Culver City, Calif., kept close watch of UCLA on both sides since he could play receiver and cornerback if he signs with the Bruins.
"What I liked most about UCLA is their tempo," Norman said. "They were going fast. I like an offense that can move fast.
"As far as the defense, you can see on the sidelines how they were getting coached up. They teach you your mistakes and how to learn from them. You can see the players that did make mistakes, they don't make them again."
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound prospect who earned the offensive MVP award at the Rivals.com Underclassmen Challenge in Dallas this summer said he has a great relationship with UCLA assistant coaches Eric Yarber and Demetrice Martin.
Norman said UCLA is recruiting him the most at this point.
"I have a great relationship with those two coaches," Norman said. "They like me a lot. Every time they see me they have an argument about which role I'd like more - offense or defense. They came to the conclusion with coach (Jim) Mora that they'd have me playing both ways if I go there.
"As far as communicating, as far as talking on a daily basis, I've been talking to them the most."
So far, Norman has been offered by Akron, Marshall, San Jose State, UCLA, USC, Utah and Washington State.