Cary-Grove senior Kyle Norberg will visit the University of Iowa next weekend, his second official visit to an NCAA Division I school for football.
Norberg made a soft commitment to D-I North Dakota and turned down an offer to D-II Grand Valley State. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz called Norberg Friday afternoon to talk about next week’s visit.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m excited,” Norberg said. “They told me I’m not in their top 85 players, but if somebody they have there goes to another school a spot could open up.”
While many schools are looking at Norberg (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) as a linebacker, the position he played as a sophomore and junior, Iowa wants to look at him at fullback. Norberg played offense and defense this season, helping C-G to the IHSA Class 6A state championship game, where it lost to Crete-Monee, 33-26.
Norberg put together one of the area’s best rushing seasons ever with 2,218 yards and 27 touchdowns, averaging 9.4 yards a carry.
“Recently, North Dakota State [the Football Championship Subdivision national champion] also contacted me,” Norberg said. “They were going to have a coaches meeting and wanted to see my film.”
The recruitment process has progressed a little slower for Norberg than many players, but now he is seeing more opportunities.
“I’m kind of glad I waited a little bit,” he said. “You want to make a decision and get it over with.”
Norberg’s teammate, running back Ryan Mahoney, committed to Grand Valley State last month, but Norberg will not be joining him.
“Saying no to Grand Valley was tough,” he said.