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4-star DE Bill Norton decides to go from ‘Suplex City’ to between the hedges

Bill Norton, Georgia commitment
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Georgia remains hot on the 2019 recruiting trail, recently adding four-star defensive end Bill Norton to what is the top-ranked class in the country.

“I’ve been thinking about it for a few weeks, but I fell in love with Georgia ever since I went to a camp there this past summer,” Norton told GN. “I had a good chance to hang out with coach Tray Scott, the defensive line coach, and Coach (Kirby) Smart as well.

“Georgia loved my game and how I played long before any of these rankings or stars. So, that was also one of the main reasons why I had a good relationship with the coaching staff there. This past weekend, I talked it over with my coaches and my mom and dad and it just felt right to commit to them. That’s pretty much how it went down.”

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Norton (6 feet 6, 270 pounds), from Memphis Christian Brothers, is among the top-15 strongside ends in the nation and a national top-150 prospect overall.

Norton committed to Georgia over offers from Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Tennessee, among others.

Norton said he is an “aggressive” player who knows how to use his hands.

“That’s the key to being a good defensive lineman – you have to be able to use your hands to get off blocks and to get around people,” he said. “Me and my teammates started this, but our stadium nickname is ‘Suplex City.’ If there is a dude running down the field and I get him from behind, I like suplexing him because I don’t like him getting extra yardage. I always hustle to the ball and I don’t stop until the whistle stops.”

Norton says he has been hearing it from Tennessee fans since his announcement. “Most of the Volunteer fans have been kind of hammering me a little bit,” he said. “I was well-aware that it was going to come and I think I can handle it pretty well.”

Any chance he changes his mind?

“If a coach calls me I’ll still talk to him and have a good conversation with any coach that communicates with me, but I’m pretty set on Georgia,” he said.

Norton is looking forward to playing between the hedges in the future.

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“I went to a couple of games this past year in Athens,” he said. “I got a good feel for the environment, and I loved the atmosphere at the games. Georgia has some of the most passionate fans in all of college football. So just getting there, playing in front of all those fans and playing for the Georgia Bulldogs is something I’ve always aspired to do.”

Norton is Georgia’s eighth commitment for the 2019 class, and seven are ranked among the top-225 players in the country.

(You can follow Ryan Green on Twitter @RyanGreenGN)

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