CARY – Cary-Grove senior Kyle Norberg made it official Tuesday night and will sign with NCAA Division I North Dakota today, the first day of the signing period for college football players.
Norberg held out as long as he could in case Iowa had another player decommit and a scholarship open up, but eventually he told Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz he was signing with North Dakota.
Norberg played fullback and linebacker for C-G’s Class 6A state runner-up team last season and rushed for an area-best 2,218 yards and 27 touchdowns. Iowa had considered him at fullback; North Dakota wants the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder as an inside linebacker in its 3-4 scheme.
“It’s not fun,” Norberg said of the last few days. “You get so attached to both schools. In the end, I decided what was best for me financially, and that school was North Dakota.”
Iowa offered Norberg a spot on the team as a preferred walk-on, but did not currently have a scholarship to offer. Norberg also called Fighting Sioux coach Chris Mussman Tuesday to reaffirm his commitment.
“Sunday night when I called [Mussman], he said, ‘Sometimes it’s not where you want to be, but where you’re supposed to be,’ ” Norberg said. “That stuck with me.”
Norberg also thanked his father Bill's friend, Andrew Nance, who played football at Oregon and Indiana. Norberg said Nance helped guide him through the recruitment process.