Evangel Christian Academy's Connor Castellano

Evangel Christian Academy's junior-to-be Connor Castellano, an All-State selection who plays his summer travel ball with the Louisiana All Stars team, is one of the better hitters in the state of Louisiana. And college coaches have taken note of his hitting ability.

"I've talked to (several) recruiting coordinators and they said they love my swing," said Connor, who is more of a doubles hitter who hits for average and can hit to all fields. "They want me to come (to their school) because of that."

Connor, who will be a junior this season, gives his high school head baseball coach a lot of credit when it comes to his hitting.

"Tim Hulett is a great hitting instructor," said Connor. "He is my hero. He was in the bigs for 14 years. He manages a short-season team with the Texas Rangers organization during the summer but he could be in triple A managing right now if he didn't want to coach high school."

While coaches love his swing, the only question mark they have is what position he will play.

"They aren't sure what position I would play, although I think I would end up at third base or second base in college," said the 5-11, 170-ponder who can throw in the 87 to 88 miles per hour range.

Second or third would be fine with Connor since that's where he feels most comfortable despite playing in the outfield during his first two years in high school.

"I feel most comfortable in the infield," said Connor, who bats left and throws right. "I was switched to outfield my freshman year because I could hit and we already had infielders. Really, I've played every position in high school except catcher."

Connor has already begun to receive attention from several colleges.

"Teams that like me a lot are LSU, the University of New Orleans and Louisiana Tech," said Connor.

He's also received some attention from a couple of other colleges.

"The main camps that I have been to are Vanderbilt and Rice and they are kind of interested in me," said Connor.

Those two schools are included among the colleges that he's currently interested in.

"Vanderbilt, Rice, LSU, Tulane, Mississippi State, Ole Miss would be some schools that I would be really interested in," said Connor, who played in this past weekend's Bama Bombers Tournament held on the campus of Mississippi State. "I like those schools because I want to have the chance to play at the highest level and get a good education."

This past season, Connor Castellano earned All-State honors after hitting .495 with 6 home runs, 12 doubles, 5 triples and knocking in 50 RBI. The 50 RBI is the second most in school history for a single season.

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