UCLA picked up a commitment from a player who we liked early in the year but actually thought was a junior. Mike Norris, a 5-10, 175 pound defensive back from Oakland (Calif.) Skyline also visited Oregon and UNLV and canceled trips to Arizona State and Washington State.
Norris was known as more of a track guy this past summer and was on the Titans 4X100m relay team that finished third in the state. He has only been playing football for two seasons but was obviously a quick learner.
"He's a very gifted player," Skyline head coach John Beam said. "He's an incredible athlete, one of the best we've ever had here and we've had some great ones. We always put him on the other teams best receiver and he would always lock them up. He's a natural corner and just has a great feel for the game despite only playing for just two seasons. He just committed to UCLA yesterday and should do very well there. For some reason, a lot of schools thought he was a junior but once word got out about him, almost the whole Pac 10 offered him."
Norris tripped to UCLA in early January and according to Beam, felt the program was headed in the right direction.
"It's a good school and I think Coach Dorrell has a good philosophy," Norris told the Oakland Tribune. "They are trying to implement a lot of new things that I think will work well there."