Anderson’s Norwell becomes first Ohio player to commit to U.S. Army game


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It’s been a month since Anderson High School junior offensive lineman Andrew Norwell committed to Ohio State. Today he made another commitment. Norwell has announced that he will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl slated for Jan. 9, 2010 in San Antonio. He is the first from Ohio to commit and the 11 player overall.

It’s been more than a month since he made an oral commitment to the Buckeyes, but Cincinnati Anderson junior offensive lineman Andrew Norwell is still soaking in what it means for him to be wearing Scarlet and Gray in 2010.

Norwell, who is 6-feet-6 and 271 pounds, stole headlines on the afternoon of signing day Feb. 4 when made an oral commitment to Ohio State – becoming the third in-state commitment from the 2010 class.

“It still hasn’t hit me yet,” said Norwell, who was Division II first-team all-state last season.

This morning, Norwell made another commitment official for 2010: He decided to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 9 (1 p.m.) in San Antonio, Texas.

“It’s a big honor for people to think that much about me,” said Norwell, who was invited to the bowl game about two weeks ago. “It makes me proud. But, I don’t let (the attention) get to my head.”

Norwell is the 11th player nationally and the first from Ohio to commit to play in the bowl game, which is scheduled to be televised live on NBC. It is the 10th anniversary of the game, which has featured several future college and pro standouts in the past.

“It is an honor for him and it’s well-deserved,” Anderson coach Jeff Giesting told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I think most people realize he is one of the top offensive linemen in the country and he looks forward to competing against other top prospects from around the USA.”

Norwell, who is rated the state’s No. 3 player overall by Ohio High Magazine, said he has been lifting four times a week since the end of the basketball season.

“I’ve been hitting the weight room pretty hard,” Norwell said.

Norwell said he’s been in contact with Ohio State offensive line coach John Peterson and he expects to make it to Columbus for a spring practice and possibly the spring game.

Always a Buckeyes fan, Norwell said he is also looking forward to following the Ohio State this season and will try to make it to a couple of games this fall.

Norwell is also looking forward to the high school season. Anderson, which was the Division II state runner-up, should return another talented squad this fall.

“I think we will be pretty good,” said Norwell, was on the 2007 state champion team. “We are working hard and we’re determined to win some football games.”

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