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2018 safety Joseph Norwood leaving Tennessee for MTSU

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Norwood was part of Pruitt’s inaugural class.

NCAA Football: Georgia at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

It was revealed on Sunday that defensive back Joseph Norwood, who signed with Tennessee back on February 8, will not be with the Vols in 2018 per VolQuest.com.

The Chattanooga native (Brainerd) will instead take his talents to Murfreesboro where he will play for Middle Tennessee State according to his twitter bio.

Norwood, a 3-star prospect according to 247 Sports, had originally committed to MTSU, but flipped to Tennessee at the last second, signing with the Vols on National Signing Day.

While Norwood had not yet signed a letter of intent with Tennessee, the staff offered to blue-shirt the incoming freshman when he arrived on campus in the fall. It appears that those plans were changed by one of the parties involved.

Norwood was a surprising get for Pruitt and company as he only held offers from Chattanooga, Kennesaw State, Tulane and Coastal Carolina.

The only other SEC team to offer the 6-foot-1, 173-pound talent was Vanderbilt.

It will be interesting to see what the situation was that lead to Norwood’s exit going forward.