Signing day update: Alex Norman

AUSTIN, Texas -- Four-star defensive tackle Alex Norman (Dallas, Texas/Bishop Dunne) has sent in his letter of intent to Texas.

Norman (6-foot-3, 280 pounds) is the No. 7 defensive tackle and No. 97 prospect overall in the ESPNU 150.

The Under Armour All-American, has been committed to Texas since Feb. 12, 2011.

Norman, whose grandfather Pettis Norman, played tight end for the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers, is one of four defensive tackle commitments in this class along with Malcom Brown (Brenham, Texas/Brenham), Paul Boyette Jr. (Humble, Texas/Humble) and junior college transfer Brandon Moore (East Mississippi Community College).

Scouts take: “It seems with Norman that when you go against this kid you better have a good pre-game mean and you better buckle your chin strap good and tight because he is going to bring all he has and is going to battle you. He has good size and while his listed weight may not be eye-popping he looks on film to have a fairly thick lower body and he should be able to add some more size with time in a college weight program.”

Importance to class: Norman’s importance to this class might not appear as big due to the commitments of Brown (the No. 2 DT) and Moore (6-foot-7, 335 pounder). But Texas’ defensive tackles are such an important part of what Manny Diaz tries to do defensively that you can never have too many elite tackles, and Norman is one in our opinion.

He entered high school severely overweight but quickly dedicated himself to eating healthier and working out religiously and has dropped 60 pounds to become a top seven tackle in the country.

How soon can he make an impact? The Longhorns are only losing one defensive tackle in Kheeston Randall and have a young stable on returning players ready to make their mark. The presence of Brown and Moore won’t make it any easier for Norman to see the field early, but it’s hard to count this kid out because of his dedication and skill set. Look for Brown and Moore to see time for sure and Norman to push those players and others for his time in 2012.