CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – In Cleveland High School’s short history, it always seemed to have a star behind center and junior Caiden Norman is just the latest.
Caiden Norman started playing quarterback in fifth grade and has been waiting to get his shot at quarterback for the Rams.
“I always hoped so,” Norman said, “I was like hopefully I can be like that while watching Trey and Aaron going through school, I was like I want to be like them.”
Caiden Norman had to wait a little longer than he hoped, playing wide receiver his sophomore year just to get on the field. And at first, there were a few rough patches.
“I told coach Riley I question this decision,” Caiden’s father Mark Norman said. “I know this kid, he can’t catch.”
After a few dropped passes, Caiden Norman caught on though, going on to earn All-Conference and Academic All-Conference honors at wide receiver his sophomore season.
“I think getting that varsity experience really helped him transition into the starting role as a quarterback,” Cleveland head coach Scott Riley said. “We had high expectations for him and we try to put the best player at quarterback.”
Now at quarterback, he is the Rams best athlete and is plying lights out.
Caiden Norman has accounted for 31 touchdowns and nearly 3,000 all-purpose yards in Cleveland’s 7-3 start.
“I never felt any pressure,” Caiden Norman said. “I just felt if I came out here and played my hardest everything would fall into place. Whoever comes in after me will be a great quarterback also.”