Salem’s Norfleet scores UMES offer

by Jamaar Hawkins, recruit757

Salem rising senior Jonathan Norfleet will likely be one of Hampton Roads’ top players when he steps on the court as a Sundevil next season. Several colleges have already begun to take notice with University of Maryland Eastern Shore joining the fray this weekend, offering Norfleet a scholarship at the Hawks’ second annual team camp under head coach Bobby Collins.

Norfleet, averaged 18 ppg, earning Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors. The 6-foot-1 guard was also second-team All-Group 5A South. Over the weekend Norfleet with team with the returning Salem starters for an impressive showing at UMES. With the Hawks already showing previous interest it was only a matter of time before an offer was extended.

“I had been talking to Coach Huckaby and Coach Custis prior to this weekend,” Norfleet said of the program’s interest on the heels of Saturday’s offer. “The campus is really nice. When I pulled up, I was definitely surprised.”

So what does this mean at this point of Norfleet’s recruiting process? With upcoming visits in the not so distant future, could UMES pull off a surprise commitment to start the summer? Not when Norfleet sits with offers from Hampton, Longwood, Mount Saint Mary’s, Norfolk State, Radford and Saint Francis. The athletic guard is also hearing from James Madison, Morehead State and Stetson.

Salem will be an expected favorite in next season’s Atlantic Conference race, with usual rival Green Run and Maury also serving as primary challengers pending each school’s post-summer rosters. Norfleet mentions junior guard Ray Ward and sophomore Rahmir Battle as players that will be counted on for significant roles next season. Junior Kymon Tyson is another Sundevil Norfleet expects to make a big impact in 2017.

“I think it’s a lot of pressure unlike this year. We won’t surprise anyone next year. I think people know how we play, but I don’t think people know what we have coming back,” Norfleet added.

-Jamaar Hawkins