Junior Daryl Norris Visits Mississippi State

Fairhope (AL) High School right-handed pitcher Daryl Norris, one of the top junior pitchers in the nation, unofficially visited Mississippi State Saturday.

"The visit went good," said Daryl Norris, who saw Mississippi State defeat Kentucky 4-3 in extra innings during the visit. "I got to talk to the coaches and the atmosphere was great. There were a ton of people at the game and it had a happy ending."

This wasn't the first time Norris has unofficially visited Mississippi State this season.

"I also visited two weekends ago when they played Auburn," said the 6-1, 205-pounder who also attended Mississippi State's most recent winter baseball camp. "I really do like it there because it's all about baseball there. They really love their baseball."

But Mississippi State isn't the only school that he's interested in.

"I've been recruited by Alabama, Auburn, Troy, Mississippi State, South Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and LSU," said the youngster who is also a very good quarterback for his high school team. "I have offers from Alabama, Troy, Mississippi State and South Alabama."

And two of those schools stand at the top of his list right now.

"Right now, it's probably Alabama and Mississippi State at the top but I really haven't been able to visit many schools and probably won't for a while because the playoffs are going on right now," said Norris.

However, don't look for him to commit to anyone anytime soon.

"I probably won't commit to anyone until late in the summer or next fall," he said.

And during the summer he'll take the time to learn a little more about some of the other schools that are recruiting him.

"This summer I'll be playing with the Bama Bombers and we'll play at a few colleges," said Norris. "I'll get to see the colleges and meet their coaches when I'm there."

As for why the strong interest from so many colleges, Norris provided a couple of numbers that quickly answers that question.

"My fastball is usually around 90 (miles per hour), but I (recently) threw 96 in a game and was consistently 90 to 91," said Norris, who not only throws a two-seam fastball, but also a slider, a curveball and a changeup. "I threw 94 during the preseason and have thrown 95 several times since then, but 96 is the hardest that I've thrown."

Now you know why I call him one of the top pitchers in the nation. Keep coming back to Scout.com and GenesPage.com for the latest on this very talented young pitcher.

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

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