Class of ’09: Hermitage Features Two Top Athletes

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Hermitage (Richmond, VA) head coach Patrick Kane boasts at least two Division 1A prospects for the 2009 recruiting class. One of the two has already picked up an official 1A offer, while the other has drawn significant interest following a productive junior season on both sides of the ball.

6-3, 185-pound Theron Norman recently landed his first official 1A scholarship offer, with more likely to come throughout his junior year.

“He went to UVa’s practice recently and visited them,” Kane said. “That’s where they extended an offer. He is also getting significant interest from ECU and Virginia Tech.”

Norman, who was clocked at 4.51 in the 40-yard dash at a local combine earlier this year, projects well on both sides of the ball on the next level.

“He stands out on both sides of the ball, and that’s the thing coaches are excited about. They know he can play on both sides of the ball. He is referred to as a ‘no-brainer’ type of player,” Kane said. “He plays free safety and wide receiver for us. He was also our number two quarterback this year, so he may be the frontrunner for starting quarterback next year.”

Coach Kane discussed Norman’s talents on offense and defense.

“He is a great athlete,” Kane said. “He has been a 2-year starter for us at free safety. He is a phenomenal athlete and the strength of our secondary. He wants to make sure he is there if anyone makes a mistake. He is an excellent tackler and a good cover guy.

“At wide receiver, he had 30 receptions for something like 438 yards and three touchdowns. He is very explosive. He is an agile kid. He can go up and get the ball and he also made some diving catches. He does a really good job of catching the ball with his hands.”

A 2-sport athlete, Norman also plays varsity basketball. As does Duan Perez-Means, who is another junior drawing serious 1A looks. Like Norman, Perez-Means is an important player on both sides of the ball for the Panthers.

“Theron’s equal is Duan Perez-Means,” Kane said. “Duan is a little

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