Played for two seasons at Polk State College ...Team captured the 2012 FCSSA State title with a 45-12 record ... Won the 2011 NJCAA National Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement ... Played for the Leesburg Lightning in the Florida Collegiate Summer League, earning a spot on the All-Star team in 2012 ... Was named Most Valuable Pitcher in the league in 2012 after leading the league with 12 regular season saves ... Was ranked No. 8 on the list of the top prospects in Florida for 2012 ... Posted a 2.18 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 33 innings of work as a freshman, helping Polk State to a berth in the NJCAA World Series in Colorado ... Appeared in 26 games as a sophomore for the Eagles, posting a 3-1 record with a school record and NJCAA leading 14 saves ... Had a 2.00 ERA in 27 innings of work with 29 strikeouts ... Was named the FCSSA Fireman of the Year for his performance.
Was a three-year letter winner on the baseball team as a pitcher, outfielder, shortstop and first baseman ... Helped his team to a District title as a sophomore ... Completed in the 2010 USSSA World Series for Team Mizuno ... Was on the Dixie Majors state championship team in 2011 ... Was named Frostproof's Pitcher of the Year in 2011 while also capturing the 2011 U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award ... Was a second team All-County selection as a senio and was named to the Polk County All-Star team ... Helped his team to the 2011 Suncoast Conference title while earning Polk County Team of the Year honors ... Was an Academic All-County selection and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Full name is William Richard Norris III ... born on October 7, 1992, in Avon Park, Fla. ... son of Deborah and Ricky Norris ... has one sister, Kaylee (19) ... chose Stetson over South Alabama and South Florida ... Environmental Science major.