Despite late interest from Nebraska as a defensive back, Joseph Norwood will not be making an official visit to Lincoln this weekend because he was told somebody else had filled the opening.

Norwood  a 6-foot-1, 170-pound athlete from Chattanooga (Tenn.) Brainerd  confirmed to The World-Herald on Thursday evening he would not be visiting Nebraska and did not end up receiving a scholarship offer despite talks with Husker coaches late this week.

Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports and a two-star by Rivals, Norwood had expected a visit from defensive coordinator Erik Chinander sometime in the afternoon. Chinander eventually texted to deliver the news.

"They said they had somebody else commit," Norwood said in a text, "and unfortunately they didn't have a spot for me."

Other defensive backs recruited by Nebraska of late include four-star corner Taiyon Palmer and three-star corner Cam Taylor. Both have already taken official visits to Nebraska and said they will announce their choices Wednesday on national signing day. Another four-star corner, Ken Montgomery of Tampa (Florida) Hillsborough, is making his official visit to NU this weekend.

Nebraska's 2018 class stands at 20 known commits/signees as of late Thursday.

Norwood broke out as a senior and had set three finalists in Massachusetts, Tulane and Middle Tennessee State before Nebraska and Tennessee showed interest late this week. Neither had offered him as of Thursday evening, though the do-everything prep player said he would now likely visit the Vols this weekend.

How did the Huskers find Norwood in the first place? His best guess is through somebody on the UMass staff. The brother of NU defensive line coach Mike Dawson, Matt, was the D-line coach at the school in 2016 and Mike played there in the mid-1990s.

"That question is actually one I've asked myself and I've asked around," Norwood said. "I really don't know, but I think it's a blessing and I try to stay humble about it."

Norwood won the state long jump title last year and also plays basketball. His football coach, Tyrus Ward, told The World-Herald he's gone under-recruited after enjoying a breakout senior year.

"He's a great kid, kind of under the radar," Ward said. "He's one of the best well-kept secrets in the south, I believe. Whoever ends up getting this guy is getting a hidden gem, man. He's for real."

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