After a long drought to start the season, Georgia Tech landed its 16th commitment of the 2019 class in ATH Kalani Norris of Miami, FL. Norris a 3-star recruit per 247 composite(0.8868) and Rivals(5.7). He sported a wide range of Power-5 offers, largely from the ACC and SEC.
Recruits from Miami are known for their speed, and Norris is no exception. Norris posseses quick feet and good speed that will translate well to the ACC. He has good hands when he gets the chance to use them, but his High School QB has a habit of hitting him in the hip. He tracks the ball well in the air and can easily high-point the ball, though he isn’t a jump-ball receiver type. His calling card is yards after catch. He clears his feet well from tackling attempts, has the quickness to make tacklers miss in space, and has the speed to be a scoring threat all over the field. Norris doesn’t possess a prototypical spread option WR frame, and this is his main drawback. His frame is slight and doesn’t look like it has much room to add weight, so he may struggle with contested catches.
The biggest question with Norris is where he will play. Primarily a WR in HS, Norris is largely used on short routes. His team aimed to get him the ball in space so that he could use his speed and quickness to generate explosive plays. His athletic profile lends itself best to the A-back position, but Tech has already accepted a commitment at that position. Norris could also conceivably play Cornerback on the Flats, but he lacks extensive film there, and it would ignore his obvious talents with the ball in his hands. Norris will likely redshirt next year while the coaches find his position, much like Qua Searcy’s journey when he first arrived. Ultimately, he will likely end up at the A-back position, but any of the 3 possibilities are still on the table. Regardless, Norris has a level of pure athleticism that can make a team better, even if his position isn’t well defined when he arrives next year.