2010 Class Member Interested in MSU

Fairhope High School's Daryl Norris, one of the top junior baseball players in the state of Alabama, is receiving a lot of interest from several prime-time colleges including one that he camped at this past weekend.

"The Mississippi State camp that I attended this weekend is the only camp that I have attended so far," said Daryl Norris, who has received camps invitations from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU and North Carolina. "I really liked the camp. And all the coaches were really cool and easy to talk to. The facilities there were real nice."

He took an unofficial visit to Mississippi State a few weeks ago and received some exciting news from the coaches.

"I came up here to Mississippi State for an unofficial visit a few weeks ago and received an offer," said the 6-1, 205-pounder. "It was nice to see that they were interested in me."

And State's not the only school that has extended an offer.

"I've also gotten offers from Alabama and South Alabama," said Daryl, who is being recruited as a dual-position player with pitching taking precedence over playing in the field.

None of the offers really caught him by surprise, though.

"I kind of expected this to happen because everybody said the way recruiting is right now everybody wants to make sure they have their offers on the table due to so many people committing early," explained Daryl.

While his recruitment in baseball is growing by leaps and bounds, he's also receiving some interest in another sport - football.

"A few teams are recruiting me in football - Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Florida State, and Troy," said Daryl, who attended an Alabama football camp last summer.

Being recruited in both sports has caused him to think a little more about what he wants to play in college.

"I've always thought that baseball was what I was going to do," noted Daryl. "Then, football came into the picture a couple of years ago, and I thought it would be cool to play college football. But I probably will have a better chance in baseball.

"I'm really still looking at all my options. But if I do play both in college, I know it will be hard."

As for which college or colleges lead the pack, two stand out at the moment. But that could change.

"My favorites right now are Mississippi State and Alabama, but I still haven't taken all the visits that I want to take before I narrow it down," said Daryl.

Of those two, one may have a slight advantage.

"I've been a big Alabama fan growing up," said Daryl. "It will probably factor in a little bit in football, but not really a whole lot in baseball."

Stay tuned to Scout.com for the latest recruiting news on this highly-thought of youngster.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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