After high school, Reed Norton didn’t waste much time starting the next chapter of his life.
Greenbrier High School graduate Norton, the 2012 Region 2-AAAA Boys Soccer Player of the Year, didn’t wait until the fall semester to begin school at Georgia Southern.
He jumped right into the scholastic part of college life, attending summer school with his brother Hunter and taking classes in economics and English literature.
“I know summer classes are usually pretty hard just because you have classes every day, and in the fall you get a few days off,” said Norton, a sports management major. “For the most part I thought it was really good, and I was able to get used to it pretty quickly.”
He still found time to play a little soccer.
Norton played on a team in the Premier Development League, a high-level summer league for college players, along with his brother and other players from his prospective team.
He didn’t play the whole summer but still got a chance to go head-to-head against college-level athletes.
“I thought the competition was pretty good,” Norton said. “My brother Hunter was on the team and there were a few other guys from Georgia Southern on the team. The teams we played were pretty talented.”
Norton, who was the most imposing figure every time he stepped onto the field in his last year at Greenbrier, would know talent.
He bypassed his junior soccer season at Greenbrier in 2011, instead choosing to train in Florida with the U-17 World Cup Team, missing a traveling roster spot by three places.
He returned to Greenbrier and made the most of his senior season in 2012, leading the Wolfpack to a 20-2-1 record and an appearance in the AAAA state soccer championship game.
He finished summer school last week and is taking a little time off to get ready for what comes next, both academically and athletically.
He said he has a favorable class schedule and his living arrangements have been made.
“I’m actually rooming with four freshmen,” Norton said, when asked if he’d get to room with his brother. “For freshman year we have to room on-campus, and Hunter’s rooming off-campus. Plus, I don’t think he’d want me to room with him.”
Norton has been playing soccer almost since he could walk, and if in the future he had the opportunity to play professionally, he would jump at it.
“I’d love to do that, that’d be awesome,” Norton said. “Whenever the opportunity comes, I’m sure I’d be able to snatch that up pretty quickly.
“Right now, all I can do is wait and do my part and hopefully the opportunity will come.”
But for now, he will concentrate on doing the best he can to help Georgia Southern.
“For the most part I think we’re looking up, we’ve got a lot of stuff going for us,” Norton said.
“The coaches have some pretty high expectations for us right now. So that’s good.”