3-star DE Madison Norris commits to Indiana

Indiana added to its defensive line on Friday afternoon, securing a verbal commitment from Hamilton Southeastern defensive end Madison Norris.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound prospect is considered the top weakside defensive end in the state by Scout.com and the No. 24 ranked player at his position nationwide. Norris is also considered the No. 11 overall recruit statewide, according to the 247 Sports Composite.

Norris chose the Hoosiers over Purdue after landing additional offers from Minnesota, Rutgers, Louisville, Cincinnati, Missouri, Pittsburgh and Tennessee, among others. Indiana originally offered Norris in August 2016 and he has since taken several unofficial visits to Bloomington. Norris also scheduled visits last month to Michigan State and Mizzou.

In seven games this fall, Norris has 24 total tackles, 15 solo stops and eight quarterback hurries. As a junior in 2016, Norris made 67 tackles, including 10 for loss.

He’s the 16th player to commit to IU’s 2018 class and the third projected to play along the defensive line. Indiana also has verbal commitments from three-star Miami defensive end James Head and three star Chicago defensive end Gavin McCabe.

According to Scout.com, Indiana’s class is ranked No. 47 nationally and No. 10 in the Big Ten.


  1. This kid isn’t a step in the right direction, he is the right direction. Explosive off the line, able to run down anyone and comes with size and length. IU is getting pressure now by stunting lineman and blitzing cornerbacks and linebackers (mostly Scales). It’s high risk. A kid like this can generate pressure on a quarterback all by himself. IU has been adding some undersized guys with burst that can develop into speed rush defensive ends. This kid needs to put on weight and strength but I’d be surprised if he doesn’t see playing time next Fall.

  2. DL pass rushers are coveted. But regardless of the D talent or what D is used I’ve always considered blitzing a S, CB or LB 2-3 times a game as savvy thinking. It causes extra concerns making the opponent to at least game plan practice time for neutralizing it. If not threatened by the possibility of a blitz all they have to do is focus on the D’s front pass rushers. Similar to the opposite scenario which would be having to prepare for a dual threat QB.

  3. Hey I just wanted to say I hope IU also gets Shamar Jones. He’s a short, stubby looking defensive tackle out of Pennsylvania that is only rated 2 stars. But he’s explosive, fast and strong. This year he already has an interception and fumble returned for touchdowns. He doesn’t look the part but the kid can really move. And when he hits running backs, they look like crash test dummies. If he was 6’4 instead of 6’1 (probably 6′), he’d be deciding between Ohio State or Penn State but because he’s short with short arms, he’s looking at IU, Wake Forest and a bunch of MAC teams. This is the kind of off-the-radar player that will be good at the college level. This kid’s a 4 star talent in a 2 star body.

  4. 123, I agree totally. I 1st became aware of SJ when watching his 2k16 HS video about a month ago soon after IU made their offer. There is no 1 on the IU D with the exception of possibly Mike Barwick and Jonathon Crawford who reacts so quickly at the snap of the ball. He strips blockers, he out-speeds blockers, he sidesteps and out maneuvers blockers and he overpowers his blocker(s). Hits like a tank, wraps up and devours QB’s and RB’s while consistently attempting to strip them of the ball to enjoy even more domination. He blocks passes. Fleet of foot enough to gobble up loose balls and make a good return. Besides an instinct for DL he possesses so much that can’t be taught, vision, strength, hand speed, balance, quick feet and a fast FB IQ mind of a relentless attitude. Even if he never became a stud on the D who the hell wants to face that in practice everyday? He would appear at this point in time to be a fine get.

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