Norris signs with Delaware St.

Published 9:44 pm Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Nansemond River High School stand-out soccer senior Daijah Norris has signed her National Letter of Intent to play for Delaware State University.

Delaware State is an NCAA Division-I school in the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference. Norris said she had interest from other schools but felt DSU was the best fit for her.

“The recruiting process was definitely exciting and stressful,” she said. “I was looking for the right fit for me. I was looking for the right program where I could improve my game, and I also wanted to make sure I could excel academically.”

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The decision to go to DSU was an easy one for Norris. She felt like it was home to her but also a decent distance from Suffolk. They offered Norris an academic scholarship and an athletic one.

Radford University was a close second for the Lady Warrior, but she ultimately felt more comfortable at DSU. She has plans to major in kinesiology.

Her family played a major role in her deciding where to go. The senior wanted to make sure her family could make it to her games. However, her family wanted her to be comfortable wherever she went.

Norris just wrapped up a senior year in which she helped Nansemond River to one of its best soccer seasons ever. She was the PenSouth Conference Player of The Year, as well a first-team All-Region performer.

Academically the senior will be graduating with honors this weekend. She had goals set out to be the Player of The Year. All her hard work through the offseason and through the season paid off.

Lady Warriors coach Jonathan Baca, who has coached Norris for a while, described her as versatile. He knows she is hard to defend, because she can do so many things well on the field. With her on the field, Nansemond River always had a chance to win against any opponent.

“My senior year went fast, but it turned out to be an amazing year,” she said. “I’m graduating with honors along with the accolades I received this year.”