The term “package-deal” gets floated around often in recruiting circles, but often times it does not come to fruition. For Theron Norman and his good friend Duan Perez-Means, attending college together has been the goal since they were very young. This past Saturday, the Hermitage (Richmond, VA) stars made that goal a reality when both players verbally committed to Virginia Tech.
“It means everything to me,” the 6-3, 185-pound Norman said of being able to attend college with Duan. “Duan has been my best friend since the first grade. Our families have gotten along for a long time. We always talked about going to the same school. We only started getting a little scared when recruiting started because we wanted to get the same offers. It’s funny that we got a lot of the same offers, but I’m glad we did. It’s like a dream come true.”
The Panthers star tandem did not necessarily envision making an early commitment. Within the past few weeks, though, the two started discussing Virginia Tech more and more seriously and went ahead and committed over programs such as Maryland, Syracuse and Virginia, among others.
“We’d been talking about committing to Tech for a couple of weeks,” Norman said. “We know Ju-Ju [Clayton, who signed with Tech in last year’s class]. He is going there and he has been asking us to go with him. We said we might. A lot of other colleges were interested, but it seemed like Tech was showing the most interest. Ju-Ju said Tech was taking 11 to 14 commits in this class and they have nine right now. We were talking to our parents about it. They liked Virginia Tech. We liked Virginia Tech, so we decided to go ahead and commit on Saturday.
“I called Coach Cav first and left a message. I called back later and made sure he got the message and he answered. He received the message that Duan had committed and he asked me if that was true. I said it was and then asked him if he got my message. He said he hadn’t and I told him I committed, too. He was excited. He said I made his Saturday night. I called Coach Beamer after that and he said the same thing.”
When Norman and Perez-Means arrive in Blacksburg next year, they’ll team up with Clayton and another former Hermitage...
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