National Scouting Report recruiter Scott Hills called 2013 Mariner High graduate Trevor Wren's case "a worst case scenario" last September.
Today Wren and his family are delighted that he has signed an NCAA Division III baseball scholarship with Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas. His dream has come true.
Wren signed the necessary documents earlier this week at Prostyle Training Zone in North Fort Myers. He becomes the first Prostyle Baseball Academy (PBA) travel team player signing to play college baseball. Wren played on PBA's 18-under travel team, which was formed last August.
Trevor Wren, a 2013 graduate of Mariner High School, realized his dream to play collegiate baseball this week when he signed to play at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas.
Trevor played high school and travel ball in Ohio before the family moved to Cape Coral for his senior year at Mariner. A newcomer to the Tritons, Trevor split time with Luis Ferrer at first base and pitched sparingly.
"I always wanted to play college ball," said the 6-foot-2, 200 pound Wren. "I had made some contacts through my travel team in Ohio, but staying in Ohio is not what I wanted. I hate the snow."
His family feels the same about the weather. They all wanted to leave the snow behind some day. That day arrived when Trevor's mother got a really good teaching opportunity in a private school in Fort Myers. Bags were packed.
After graduation, Wren enrolled in classes at Edison State College while he pursued travel baseball and college opportunities.
"We forged a relationship with Scott and he came to a Perfect Game tournament at Terry Park and saw him play," said Nick Loughren PBA co-owner with Christian Martinez. "He saw that it was an urgent thing. The kid wanted to play and had nowhere to go. We made it a priority."
That was last September. Trevor signed up with Hills. A recruiting profile was written. Recruiting letters went out. Trevor made a YouTube video of his skills.
National Scouting Report is the country's top college recruiting organization, boasting a 98 percent success rate.
"Within the first half-hour the profile was posted, I got 50 emails and four phone calls from coaches all over the country," Wren said. "They still haven't stopped coming."
Wren and his family visited the Schreiner campus and they all knew it was a good fit. His grades, a 3.64 GPA, contributed to the instant replies.
"That's the first thing everybody asks about," said Wren, who starts classes in August to earn a sports management degree. "I committed last month, but after the campus visit I knew it was the right place for me."
"I'm very happy," said Bob Wren, Trevor's father. "Any parent would be very proud when your son gets to live his dream, and he's a good kid."
His stats at Mariner were average - .175 BA, 20 H, 2 RBI, 7 R (25 games); pitching, 2-0, 1.11 ERA, 19 innings. At a Perfect Game tournament last weekend at Terry Park, Trevor went 9-for-10 with six walks. He already knows he'll get to play both positions at Schreiner, but his primary position is first base.
"I like to hit," said Trevor. "I'd love to play beyond college, but depending on what happens with that I'd like to become a college baseball coach."
He already is on the learning curve by helping coach PBA's 13-under travel team.
Trevor recommends the recruiting service as a source for other athletes in his situation, wanting to play and with limited recruiting contacts.
"It's good for those having trouble being recruited," said Bob Wren. "We'll stay in Florida, but will travel a lot and log some frequent flyer miles. We love to watch him play ball, but we also have a younger son, 16, who's a kicker for Mariner's football team."