CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – Caiden Norman had a storied career at Cleveland High School. He accounted for 108 touchdowns in his two years as the starting quarterback. Norman lived in the limelight during his time with the Rams.
“Conference championship after conference championship, it’s amazing to be a part of a high school dynasty around here,” Norman said.
Norman could have gone to a small school and competed for playing time, but he knew where his heart was. It was with East Carolina.
The Ram superstar joined the Pirates as a preferred walk-on. He rarely sees the field, yet is a key part of ECU’s offense. His job is to signal in the play call to the quarterback, and he does it in a colorful way.
“Finding that role of signaling, you’re in every single play of the game,” Norman said. “You hear everything what the coaches say and it’s an important role. People might overlook it and think that it’s not important, but I know everything that’s going on before the players on the field do and I have to relay that to them. And it’s an amazing job.”
Norman will be a senior this coming season. He goes into the campaign with one one-the-field shining moment. It happened when he was a red-shirt freshman in a game at North Carolina State.
“They kept chanting, ‘Norman. We want Norman.’ And I was like, ‘What’s going on?” Norman said. “I couldn’t believe they were chanting that.
“And so, I go in finally and we are getting blown out, and the whole State student section erupts in cheers and it was pretty cool. It was amazing.”
Norman didn’t disappoint his cheering fans. He completed his only pass attempt for the Pirates for 4 yards.
There’s a good chance that one pass will be his final stat line for his college career. One completion for a high school stud who amassed more than 10,000 yards for Cleveland. If that’s the case, Norman said he’s OK with that.
“Hey, memories are everything,” Norman said. “It’s a dream to play college football at the Division I level, and that pass was an amazing feeling. That adrenaline rush is an amazing feeling and nothing like I will ever experience, probably.”