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Columbus WR dominates the Opening, chats Hurricanes

Columbus WR dominates the Opening, chats Hurricanes

Stefan Adams
2019 Columbus WR Kalani Norris had himself a day out at the Miami Regional version of Nike’s the Opening two weekends ago, showing off fantastic footwork and impressive burst to give even the best DB’s fits. For my money, he was my top performer at the camp, and he took some time afterwards to converse about what life has been like as a rising senior.

“I actually didn’t get invited to Oregon unfortunately, but that only makes me more hungry for those that are still sleeping on me,” Norris said. “The toughest DB I went against in drills was Rony Bourdeau Jr. (from Champagnat-Catholic).”

While Norris, who lists himself at 6’0” 175 pounds, is hoping for an offer from the hometown Miami Hurricanes, he says the coaches have still been in touch and keeping tabs on him. Expect to see Norris on campus in Coral Gables shortly as well.

“My interest in Miami is very high,” Norris said. “They have always been a childhood favorite team and I actually plan to visit them during the summer. They are in contact from time to time. I’m hearing from coach Dugans and I feel like I have the best relationship with him.”

The Canes have made some big strides in the program lately and that has caught Norris’ eye, along with the fact that he wouldn’t have to stray far from home if he attended Miami.

“I love the swag they bring to the field, how all of their coaches care for the players, and it’s at home.”

While he waits to see if UM will pull the trigger, Norris is still hearing from plenty of other Power 5 programs and has options. He’s keeping things open for now, but Norris’ list includes a bit of an SEC flavor to it.

“I plan to visit Tennessee on March 3rd,” Norris said. “I currently don’t have a top group, I’m open to all schools. But Tennessee, Louisville, Kentucky, and Georgia are all after me hard right now.”

The Canes signed a loaded class at WR in 2018 and seem to be continuing to stack chips in 2019 with the commitments from Jeremiah Payton and Brieon Fuller. However, instead of being a deterrent, UM’s recent signees are actually a draw for Norris.

“I actually have a good relationship with Dee (Wiggins) and (Mark) Pope,” Norris said. “I’d love to play with those guys.”

Norris enjoys the fact that the Canes are getting back to their roots and is loving the recent Miami trend of more and more local players from the 305 staying home to play for the city.

“Players like Mark Pope, Dee Wiggins, Trajan Bandy, Jaquan Johnson, (Sheldrick) Redwine, DJ Ivey, Gilbert Frierson, Delone Scaife, there are numerous players (I’m friendly with).”

Don’t expect Norris to wait on the Canes too long: the Columbus wideout plans on making a decision soon, towards the end of spring. Whichever school lands Norris, they’ll be getting proven producer at WR with room to grow in his senior season.

“I personally think I went out with a bang,” Norris said of his junior year. “As a team, we came up a little short, but we fought hard all season as a team. I had 35 catches for 714 yards and 8 touchdowns.”

 

Comments (20)

Nice highlights, great separation and quicks. Runs away from the coverage.

Sounds like a great kid. Hope he balls out at Paradise and earns a spot. Will be tough with two in the hand and gunning for Ladson or Dunmore.

The WR talent in So Fl is ridiculous. Guys like Norris can play at a high level at Miami, but we may not have enough spots, so he may go on to do great things at other programs.
 
Nice highlights, great separation and quicks. Runs away from the coverage.

Sounds like a great kid. Hope he balls out at Paradise and earns a spot. Will be tough with two in the hand and gunning for Ladson or Dunmore.

The WR talent in So Fl is ridiculous. Guys like Norris can play at a high level at Miami, but we may not have enough spots, so he may go on to do great things at other programs.

Shouldn't we go ahead and just take this kid, because, ya know... UF is going to flip everyone we have committed? They are still on flip watch to get Pope too. ::sarcasm::
 
I Like what I see in this tape. I love how he will catch over the middle and isn't scared to be hit. Great with the bubble screen. I would like to see him high point the ball but I didn't see he had very many opportunities to do that. but all around looks solid. lets see what he does his Senior year
 
Nice highlights, great separation and quicks. Runs away from the coverage.

Sounds like a great kid. Hope he balls out at Paradise and earns a spot. Will be tough with two in the hand and gunning for Ladson or Dunmore.

The WR talent in So Fl is ridiculous. Guys like Norris can play at a high level at Miami, but we may not have enough spots, so he may go on to do great things at other programs.
You right. So many that the staff has to make a decision, especially with 2 commits already. Some will and have to go elsewhere. Honestly I don't think we lose adding any one of the following of Ladson, Dunmore or Norris.
 
We should never lack for WR or DB talent with what's available within 80 miles of our campus.
 
I’ll say it again. I really really like Norris, even better than Fuller. Wish we had room for him, but I’m expecting him to move up our WR board. Good problems for us to have
 
Looks like someone on 24/7 just added a prediction of Kendrell Scurry, a '19 4-star WR from Tennessee, to Miami.

Now showing "warm" for Tenn and Miami.

Could be another WR to keep an eye on for this class.
 
Doubt he ever gets that offer.

Nothing against him, but it seems like it is Ladson or bust for that last WR spot (We only want 2, maybe 3 WRs in this class if Fuller sticks and Ladson commits).

Going to be a few very talented WRs being left out of this class that want in (add Kendrell Scurry and possibly Dunmore to that list).
 
D
Columbus? lol

Stay Tuned for some serious disrespect for the hometown team.
 
I’ll say it again. I really really like Norris, even better than Fuller. Wish we had room for him, but I’m expecting him to move up our WR board. Good problems for us to have
I like Norris better as well. Fuller is more physical, but Norris more explosive and more of a home run hitter. Not sure of the staff's evals of the 2, but they seem to favor a balance of physical and speed guys.
 

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