In deciding whether he wanted to build on his career as the Dalton Catamounts punter and defensive back at the University of Mississippi, or try and become fixture in the infield for the University of West Georgia University, his choice to walk on the baseball team at West Georgia came down to the fact that Carrollton is a lot closer than Oxford, Miss.
“I only applied to Ole Miss and West Georgia,” Norman said. “I thought about walking on as a punter (for the Rebels), but I that’s pretty far away from home. Both my parents went to West Georgia, and when the baseball season came around, I wanted to play at the next level and took that opportunity at West Georgia.”
A three-year starter for the Cats baseball team, Norman hit .343 with two home runs, seven doubles and 12 RBIs this season as a shortstop and pitcher. He started at shortstop in his sophomore season before missing most of his junior year to injury. When he returned late last year, he moved to second base before returning to shortstop this season.
Norman said the West Georgia coaches said he would most likely get his shot at third base in Carrollton.
Wolves coach Skip Fite said Norman will get the opportunity to compete for a larger role with the Wolves.
“He’s a preferred walk-on,” Fite said. “He’s got a spot on our team. He’s a player with a ton of potential. In the future, he’s got a chance to be an impact player. It’s hard for freshman to come in and play at this level from the get-go.”