Green Commits to Division I Northwestern State (LA)



By Sean McCann
Prep Baseball Report Kansas

LAWRENCE, KS - Earlier today Lawrence High School senior catcher Drew Green announced his commitment to attend and play baseball at Northwestern State University of Louisiana - an NCAA Division I baseball program that is a member of the Southland Conference - a league known foremost for its strong baseball programs.  Green made an official visit to the Natchitoches, Louisiana campus this past weekend. 

Green is the second Class of 2014 player for Coach Brad Stoll’s Lawrence team to commit to an NCAA Division I school joining right-handed pitcher Bryce Montes de Oca who signed with Missouri this past fall.

Throughout his high school career Green’s calling card has been his bat.  The left-hand hitter earned KABC 6A First-Team All-State honors last spring when he hit .439 with five doubles and four home runs while legging out an impressive six triples in just 22 games.  The 5-foot-9, 205-pound backstop also stole six bases in six attempts and struck out only seven times on the season while adding 14 walks.  When he wasn’t being pitched around with runners on base he drove in 27 runs.

This spring Green is hitting .442 with a team-leading 15 RBI and .654 slugging percentage through 18 games.  In addition, the senior has 12 walks and five stolen bases. 

The Northwestern State coaching staff has ties to the state of Kansas with head coach Lane Burroughs serving as an assistant coach at Kansas State during the 2007-08 season and assistant coach Andy Morgan, a Manhattan native, holding the position of head coach at Coffeyville CC prior to joining the coaching staff at Northwestern State in 2011.

In addition to playing their Southland Conference slate of games Northwestern State also had baseball powers Arkansas, LSU and Louisiana-Lafayette on their schedule in 2014.

In Green’s case patience has certainly been a virtue when it comes to the college baseball recruiting process. Having missed the fall recruiting frenzy due to his commitment to the Chesty Lions football team, Green eventually ended up where many observers felt he belonged – signing with a Division I program. 

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