Indiana Prepster Catches The Eye of Coaches

Righthanded pitcher Adam Norton, who hails from Highland, Indiana, pitched in front of numerous baseball coaches and their Stalker Guns Thursday afternoon at the World Wood Bat 17U National Championship, which is being played in Marietta, Georgia and the surrounding area this week.

And many of those same schools have made their July recruiting calls to Adam.

"I had a couple of SEC schools call, most of the Big 10, some MAC schools, some Missouri Valley Conference schools, and some Conference USA schools called," said Adam.

A number of them have already made their scholarship offers to him.

"Valparaiso, Indiana State, Miami of Ohio, Ohio, Northwestern ... that's it so far," said Adam.

And as you would expect from someone who is receiving national attention, he's not ready to narrow his list down. Although the schools with offers already extended do have a slight advantage over those that haven't.

"I'm pretty wide open right now," said Adam. "I really don't have any favorites right now because it's so early. But I would obviously have to say the schools that have offered are at the top right now."

And while he would be happy playing in the north, if some schools from the south come calling - or should I say come with offers in hand - that would definitely catch the eye of the 6-1, 165-pounder.

"I would like to go south," said Adam, "but if the best situation for me is up north by my house, then that's alright with me."

As for why so many schools are showing interest in Adam, he believes it's partly due to one particular strength of his.

"I would say my strength is my location, just spotting my pitches," he said.

But based on what I saw Thursday, that's just one of many strengths he has. Despite being 165 pounds, he has a lot of room to grow thanks to his frame. Plus, he can already thrown his two-seam fastball consistently 85 to 86 miles per hour throughout seven innings. And he has a plus curveball that he keeps down in the strikezone and consistently throws in the 76-77 MPH range.

And I would suspect that the college coaches that were attendance at Thursday's game would agree with me.

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