Stanley Norman had his first phone conversation with Tennessee on Tuesday and it was certainly an important call.
The four-star athlete from Gardena (Calif.) Serra landed an offer from the Volunteers and he got a major compliment as the Tennessee coaches compared his game - on offense and defense - to former five-star Adoree' Jackson, a stud at Serra last season who picked USC over Florida, LSU, Tennessee and others.
"My first phone call with them was (Tuesday)," Norman said. "I've been getting mail from them for a while. It was kind of unexpected.
"They've liked me for a while. They said it was crazy I transferred to Serra because they liked me because my game reminded them of Adoree'. They were recruiting Adoree' heavily. After I talked to them they were telling me how they liked my game and they wanted me to play both ways.
"That's what really caught my attention. They said what they're missing right now is a playmaker. When they told me to play both ways I was like, 'Tennessee? SEC?' When I heard that I was like 'Oh wow,' that caught my attention right there."
Norman, who shined again this past weekend at the IMG 7on7 West Regional, had to do a little work himself to get the offer though. Tennessee's coaches made it clear if he wasn't interested in leaving Los Angeles to let them know, so no time would be wasted on either side.
After talking with Norman and 7on7 coach Keyshawn Johnson, the four-star made it clear to the Tennessee staff he's highly interested in the program and the offer came through. A trip to Knoxville is expected in the early part of May. Norman also said he plans to visit Clemson's camp as well.
"They said they were watching my film for a while now and they wanted to offer me last February but they heard from one of their resources that I wasn't trying to go to school outside of L.A.," Norman said.
"What was crazy is that when they talked to coach Keyshawn he told them the crazy thing about it is I'm only really talking to one school in L.A. He asked me if I had a problem with it because he didn't want to waste any time with them offering me because I don't care about having offers. If I'm not going to go to the school what do I need it for? I don't want to waste anybody's time.
"We talked about it and he asked me if I would consider going out of town and I told him yeah so we told them how I felt about it and he said I had no problem going out of town. The coach said if those resources are wrong then he's offering and I have a scholarship to Tennessee."