CARY – North Dakota football coach Chris Mussman recently told Cary-Grove senior Kyle Norberg if he didn't accept a certain scholarship offer that Mussman might drive to McHenry County and kick his backside.
Mussman was speaking of an offer from Iowa.
Norberg appreciates the understanding he's received from the Fighting Sioux's coaching staff during his football recruitment. The Northwest Herald area rushing leader with 2,218 yards and 27 touchdowns has narrowed his college choices to two schools – North Dakota and Iowa.
Norberg (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) has a soft commitment to North Dakota, which is recruiting him at linebacker. He also holds out hope Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz may come up with an offer this weekend when Norberg and his family visit the Big Ten Conference school. Iowa was looking at Norberg as a fullback.
“Iowa has me as a preferred walk-on,” Norberg said. “I'm hoping a spot may open up. If [Iowa] makes a scholarship offer, I'll take it. If they don't, I'm thinking I'll do what's financially best for me. It's a down-to-the-wire, game-time decision.”
Norberg was a Northwest Herald All-Area first-team selection after helping the Trojans to a 13-1 record and a Class 6A state championship runner-up finish. He was a three-year starter at linebacker and played fullback as a senior, where his combination of speed and power was devastating.
“[North Dakota] have been really cool about it,” Norberg said. “We've built a relationship, I've been honest with them and they've been honest with me. They kept a scholarship for me, but they told me they may need a decision sooner.”
The NCAA signing period for football begins Wednesday, so Norberg should be signing with one of the two schools then.
“I'll make my decision Sunday, no matter what,” he said.