May 13, 2010
WACO, Texas -- Midway High School receiver Levi Norwood, who was granted a release from a National Letter of Intent signed with Penn State University in February, has signed a financial aid contract and will enroll at Baylor University this summer and join head coach Art Briles' football program. Norwood will be eligible to compete for Baylor immediately.
"I'm really excited to get to Baylor," Norwood said. "I've been talking to some of the freshmen that I'm friends with like Ahmad Dixon and Eddie Johnson and we're all excited to come in and get Baylor to a bowl game. I'm going to do whatever I can to help the team."
The son of Baylor Defensive Coordinator Brian Norwood, Levi played his senior season at nearby Midway High School in Hewitt, Texas. He totaled 591 yards and four touchdowns on 42 receptions en route to being named a 2009 first-team All-District 16-4A selection. He added 184 yards on 12 punt returns for Midway's squad that finished 9-3.
"I'm excited to have Levi as part of our Baylor family," Briles said. "He has great upside. He's long, he has good hand-eye coordination and he's an intelligent, instinctive player. He's a great addition to our football team, and he's local; we always like to get great players that are local."
Norwood transferred from State College Area High School in State College, Pa., after his sophomore season when his father joined Baylor after Briles' hire in December 2007. The younger Norwood did not play football as a junior in his first season at Midway in 2008. He did play two seasons of basketball at MHS, where as a senior in 2009-10 he averaged 9.0 points, 3.8 assists and 2.6 steals.
"I made this decision for family reasons," the younger Norwood said. "It was my decision, and I'm thankful the Baylor coaching staff gave me this opportunity and to the Penn State staff for giving me my release and for their understanding."
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound receiver is the younger brother of Gabe Norwood, who started on George Mason's 2006 Final Four basketball team, and Jordan Norwood, a former Penn State and current Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver.