Giant 4-star Tennessee DE Bill Norton has UGA as his leader

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The budget today calls for an introduction to giant Tennessee junior DL Bill Norton. Norton had UGA as his top school going into his visit for the South Carolina game last week for two very specific reasons.

Bill Norton stands about 6 feet, 6 inches tall. He weighs right around 270 pounds. Give or take a slab of ribs. Maybe.

His grandfather played for LSU and was drafted by the San Diego Charges. Norton has a shaggy head of hair because his Christian Brothers (Tenn.) team is on a winning streak.

He doesn’t wish to shuck that mojo and hopes to keep a good thing going. He wears a shirt with the line “Let’s eat” under his pads for every game. His mom calls him “Williams” but everyone else knows him as Bill.

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4-star DE Bill Norton continues to have UGA as his top school. (Jeff Sentell/Dawgnation)

Norton rates on the 247Sports Composite as the nation’s No. 24 strong-side defensive end for 2019 and as the No. 274 player overall. It seems like a good time for DawgNation to get to know this guy.

Norton has Georgia and Ohio State at the crest of a list of 10 reported offers by 247Sports.

Georgia and Ohio State are at the top. It has been that way for quite some time.

But Georgia is his top school. He camped at UGA this summer and he really enjoyed himself on that visit. That has been his top school basically ever since for two very specific reasons.

The first of those would be a position fit.

“When you see me you would think I’m an offensive tackle,” Norton said. “Because of this build, I have at my age. But I think I am a defensive lineman. … My mentality is to play the defensive line. I think I am a defensive end.”

So does Georgia defensive line coach Tray Scott. That one sentence combines the two big reasons why the Bulldogs currently lead for Norton.

“Coach Tray thinks I am a hybrid-type of defensive lineman,” Norton said.

He wonders if he will be a “3” technique if he gets growing or putting on the pounds. He realizes how big he already is as a high school junior. His base front at Christian Brothers is an even front, but he does operate out of both looks at times.

When he does, he shows why he should not be seen as an offensive tackle.

“It is to block or be blocked for me,” Norton said. “It is about hurting people. I’ve never been a huge fan of offense. I’ve always liked hitting people. I like suplexing people.”

Norton also wears backward sevens with his eye black to signify his No. 77 out on the field.

Bill Norton’s relationship with Tray Scott

Tray Scott is silently doing his own brand of work on the recruiting trail. The seeds are in the ground. See Jordan Davis. See Bill Norton.

The first-year defensive line coach is fiery. Do fans ever notice how he fires up the team during timeouts with his energy?

Norton knows all about that.

“I went to camp this summer and ‘Coach Tray’ to take care of us and showed us around everywhere,” Norton said. “I worked well one-on-one with him at the camp. There was a good vibe he was giving off at the camp and it was a good vibe with all of the coaches. I loved all of the coaches. It just felt very welcoming. It felt like home there for me when I first went there and it has been the same way on my last two visits when I have been there for games.”

“I went to the Mississippi State game earlier this year and the South Carolina game just days ago and I think the coaches are now even more friendly. They are still welcoming and stuff and now it is working to the time when I want to decide and stuff. I’m not going to say where I am going yet but Georgia is definitely at the top due to ‘Coach Tray’ and his welcoming vibes you might say.”

“He’ll talk to me about not just about football. He will talk to me about his home life and his baby he just had and I will talk to him about my life.”

Big news on Tuesday

It appears that Georgia has a chance to make an even more immediate impact with one of the finest players from The Volunteer State.

Cade Mays, a 5-star OL, made the decision to de-commit from Tennessee on Tuesday. Mays, a UT legacy, just took unofficial visits to Clemson and Georgia in back-to-back weeks.

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5-star Cade Mays looked to have a great unofficial visit last Saturday in Athens for the South Carolina game. (Jeff Sentell/Dawgnation)

His father played for former coach Phillip Fulmer and was even a team captain in Knoxville. He was the top commit for Tennessee in their 2018 recruiting class.

Now, most think he might wind up at Clemson or Georgia. He has a great relationship with major UGA target Jamaree Salyer and he looked to have enjoyed himself last weekend on his unofficial visit.

As it stands now, Mays will give UGA his last official visit prior to making his decision during the early signing period.

I would not expect Mays to grant many interviews as he goes about his new journey to find the best fit for his college future going forward.

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