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Levi Norwood and Joe Paterno

Source close to family says the younger Norwood had a change of heart about following big brother Jordan to Happy Valley.

The Norwood era at Penn State is over, after all.

Brian Norwood served as a Nittany Lion secondary coach from 2001-07 before leaving to take the defensive coordinator job at Baylor. His son, Jordan Norwood, was a standout receiver at PSU from 2005-08.

Another son, Levi, was supposed to join the Lion football team this summer as a member of State's Class of 2010. But according to a source close to the family, Levi asked for and was given a release from his letter of intent with the Nittany Lions.

No specific reason was given for his change of heart.

Norwood's departure open up another scholarship for Penn State's Class of 2011.

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Levi Norwood was a three-star prospect as rated by Scout.com. He picked the Lions without making any other visits.

He played his sophomore season at State College Area High before transferring to Midway High in Waco, Texas, when his father was hired at Baylor. The younger Norwood did not play football as a junior at Midway but returned to the gridiron as a senior.

He earned the scholarship offer from Penn State with a strong showing at the school's senior camp last summer.

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