"To be honest I committed to Kansas because they started recruiting me back in August before anyone," said Earnest Norman. "They were the first school to ever send me a letter. Coach [Mark] Mangino coached with Bob Stoops. He has turned the KU program around."
"I have never been up to KU, but I know they have new facilities. I am going to go up there in the fall for sure. I can't go up there in the summer because I am taking classes to graduate in December."
"Coach Clint Bowen was my recruiting coach. We have a real good relationship with each other. When we first starting talking he said he was going to show me what Kansas is all about."
The 6-foot, 220-pound linebacker received offers from Kansas State, Tulsa, Washington State, Iowa State and Duke as well.
"I am not going to take any other visits," Norman said. "KU is it for me. They recruited me to play inside or outside linebacker. I don't really care where I play. Just put me on the field, and let me play."
Norman recorded 143 tackles during the 2007 season. He was named All-State honorable mention and Defensive MVP of the district. He started as a safety as a freshman and sophomore, but he moved to linebacker as a junior.
"My biggest strength is how quick and physical I am. I can read the plays real fast. I am just working on agility. I want to work on my feet, and get in better shape," he said.
"It's great we are going to play together," Norman said of his teammate Prinz Kande. "We have played together since we were freshmen. It's not going to be anything new to us."
Norman gave a commitment to the Jayhawks before his teammate, but it didn't take long for Kande to follow the same path.
"I have been talking to coach Bowen for a while," said Kande. "I called him up one day and told him what I wanted to do. He was excited. He told me he was happy about it. I talked to coach Mangino as well. He was real excited."
"I have been talking to my coaches and family trying to decide where I should go. I made a decision. I like the environment. I like how they play together. I like the chemistry there."
"I have not visited, but I have seen them on T.V. I know. They also run the same defense that we run. The coaches really made me feel comfortable."
Kande recorded 66 tackles, seven pass break-ups and one interception in 2007. He was named first team All-District and Texas 5A All-State. He hopes to continue great success in 2008 as Trinity returns over 10 starters from the state championship team.
"I was recruited to play safety," Kande said. "I am 5-foot-11, 182-pounds. I really enjoy hitting, and I like covering. I am really good at hitting people. I want to get my footwork and hips straight. Anything I feel can make me better I am working on it."
Wisconsin and New Mexico were the other schools to offer Kande. He received strong interest from Tulsa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Utah, Buffalo and Michigan as well. He does not plan to take any other official visits.
Kande is excited about moving to the next level with this teammate.
"I think it's great we are playing together," he stated. "I don't know anyone. It will make me comfortable. We have been together for so long. It just makes it better."
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