The biggest early morning surprise of National Signing Day proved to be presumed Cincinnati recruit Dennis Norfleet choosing to go with Michigan. The decision seemingly caught everyone by surprise as, per Rivals, the talented running back wasn’t even known to be on the Wolverines’ radar until they extended a scholarship to him.
“It was a decision that I had been waiting on,’’ Norfleet said, per the Detroit Free Press. “I’ve been going to Michigan for four years in a row and I still hadn’t heard anything. For it to come this way, at this time at the beginning of the signing date is a really crazy situation.
“Plus, U-M is just 30 minutes from my house and my family will get to see me play.’’
The general assumption is that Norfleet decided to de-commit from Cincinnati and go with Michigan because of the former school’s decision to target a bevy of young running backs during the recruitment process. Brady Hoke’s Wolverines, meanwhile, only have one other such recruit in the 2012 class.
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As a junior in 2010, Norfleet ran for 31 touchdowns and 1,880 yards. Then, as a senior, he ran for 26 touchdowns and 2,552 yards. Known for his great speed and underrated receiving abilities, the youngster’s only noticeable weakness is that he’s slightly small in stature.
Look for him to provide a serious boost of offensive athleticism to a squad that was primarily a one-trick pony on that end last season.