There was an extra gift hidden under the tree for the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Isaiah Norris, the Georgia Military College cornerback who graduated from TL Hanna High School (Anderson, SC), signed a contract with South Carolina. JUCO’s cornerback in 8th place in the 2021 class, according to 247Sports, with Gamecocks last week.
That decision was revealed on Christmas Day.
“I chose Carolina, because South Carolina is my home,” Norris told TheBigSpur.
“Why go elsewhere and play when your home state recognizes your game-changing ability? I love my home state and want to represent my home.
“In addition, South Carolina has been with me since my senior year of high school and throughout my college journey, so it really means a lot to me. And now I can finally become a Gamecock. I am very excited and ready to work. “
Gamecock Nation, it’s official. I’m coming back home ?? pic.twitter.com/qC7TjCSq2H
– Isaiah Norris (@ zayy__1) December 25, 2020
– Shane Beamer (@CoachSBeamer) December 25, 2020
Norris signed with South Carolina on offers from Tennessee and the state of Washington. He committed to the state of Tennessee in July.
South Carolina coach Shane Beamer also signed cornerback from Georgia Military College Marcellas Dial, during the initial subscription period.
Dial, a graduate of Woodruff (SC) High School, reports to Columbia in January. Norris will not join him until the end of the year.
On the field, Norris is an aggressive player, according to Dial, who is JUCO’s cornerback number 7.
“He is very fast and has good technique,” said Dial. “He is very aggressive. He likes to play. He’s good at what he does. “
As a veteran TL Hanna, where he was a defense teammate from South Carolina Zacch Pickens, Norris ran 106 times for 863 yards and two touchdowns. He also took 12 passes for 366 yards and eight touchdowns.
In defense, Norris had 37 tackles, five loss tackles and four interceptions.
Now, Norris (6-0, 170) is the country’s JUCO No. 67 prospect. Beamer offered him last week, just days after he was hired to take over as the Gamecocks’ coach.
Norris began his university career at the Military Institute of New Mexico. He was transferred to GMC last February.
South Carolina’s 2021 recruiting class now includes nine signatories and an appointment. Gamecocks started the day with class 107 in the country. It is now number 100.