MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Former Ohio State defensive back Joshua Norwood, now a three-star prospect at Northwest Mississippi Community College, committed to the Mountaineers on Thursday.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder will have two years’ eligibility remaining when he enrolls in January.
An all-state player after making six interceptions as a senior at Valdosta (Ga.) High, Norwood redshirted for a season with the Buckeyes before appearing in 11 games in 2016, primarily on special teams.
When he did not appear to make a push for a starting role at Ohio State last spring, he transferred to junior college and has made 21 tackles through five games for Northwest Mississippi Community College, which is currently ranked 10th in the NJCAA poll.
Norwood still holds the Valdosta school record in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.
“He has filled out since his high school days, when he was 160 pounds,” said Rivals writer Keenan Cummings. “One thing that stands out is the physical element he brings. Norwood doesn’t shy away in run support and is a good tackler from his safety spot.”
His high school offers included Wisconsin, Minnesota, Duke, Purdue, Cincinnati and Middle Tennessee State. He’s from the same hometown as West Virginia cornerbacks coach Doug Belk.
Norwood’s commitment gives the Mountaineers 18 in the 2018 class, which ranks 32nd nationally according to Rivals:
West Virginia’s commitments for 2018:
|Dante Stills (Fairmont, W.Va..)||6-4, 265||DL||4 stars|
|Leddie Brown (Smyrna, Del.)||6-1, 190||RB||4 stars|
|Joshua Norwood (Senatobia, Miss)||5-11, 185||DB||3 stars|
|Charlie Benton (El Dorado, Kan.)||6-3, 215||LB||3 stars|
|Ralph Davis (Houston, Texas)||6-0, 173||WR||3 stars|
|Randy Fields (Baltimore, Md.)||6-3, 190||WR||3 stars|
|Trey Lowe (Bolivar, Tenn.)||6-3, 175||QB||3 stars|
|Briason Mays (Bolivar, Tenn.)||6-4, 290||OG||3 stars|
|James Gmiter (Bethel Park, Pa.)||6-4, 300||DT||3 stars|
|Sam James (Richmond, Hill, Ga.)||6-1, 160||WR||3 stars|
|Mike O’Laughlin (Oak Park, Ill.)||6-5, 215||TE||3 stars|
|Tyrese Allen (Paintsville, Ky.)||6-3, 290||DT||3 stars|
|Josh Chandler (Canton, Ohio)||6-0, 220||LB||2 stars|
|TJ Ivy (Chicago)||6-5, 217||TE||3 stars|
|Jayce Rogers (Valdosta, Ga.)||5-8, 160||CB||3 stars|
|Oyenmwen Uzebu (Alpharetta, Ga.)||6-6, 300||OT||3 stars|
|Bryce Wheaton (Holly Springs, N.C.)||6-3, 200||ATH||3 stars|
|Alex Williams (Pickerington, Ohio)||6-3, 200||OL||3 stars|