Trevor Kenyon didn't just tell Iowa recruiters about the improvements he has made as a catcher over the past year while playing for Black Hawk College. He showed them.
Kenyon's play in a fall game between Black Hawk and Iowa last month in Iowa City is among the reasons the Davenport Central graduate will sign a letter of intent this afternoon to play for the Hawkeyes beginning in 2012-13.
"In the semester and a half that Trevor has been part of our program, he has made a tremendous amount of improvement," Black Hawk coach Arnie Chavera said. "Iowa had looked at him as a third baseman, first baseman out of high school, but in our game over there, he played great. He threw two guys out, blocked out and showed good receiving skills. He did the things Division I catchers need to do."
Kenyon, a .321 hitter on a Black Hawk team that finished 44-9 a year ago, also will provide the Hawkeyes with offensive skill suited for the middle of the order.
"The coaches are telling me that I will have the chance to come in and compete right away," said Kenyon, whose older brother Zach completed his eligibility as a pitcher at Iowa last spring.
"In talking with my family and with coach Chavera, I feel like this is the best thing for me. It's close to home. Zach had good things to say about the coaching staff at Iowa and the way they are working to build their program."
Kenyon continues to work on developing his overall game as a sophomore with the Braves.
"I don't want to go over there known as being one type of player. I want to become a good all-around player who knows the game and can work the game from behind the plate and help the team a lot of ways with the bat," Kenyon said.
"In high school, you can get away with swinging for the fences all the time. That doesn't work in college. You have to be able to move runners and have balance in your game. That's one of the things I've learned since high school that I'm working to accomplish now."
Kenyon is one of two Black Hawk players who will sign with NCAA Division I programs today. Pitcher Keelan Prince, a former Rock Island Alleman prep, will sign with Western Illinois during a
1 p.m. ceremony on the school's Moline campus.
"I think I've only had two other players sign in the fall, most of the offers come in the spring, but these guys are deserving," Chavera said. "Signing now will allow both of them to play carefree in the spring and concentrate on helping the team."
Prince went 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA last spring for the Braves, striking out 40 batters and walking 10 in 442/3 innings.
"The coaches at Western Illinois expect Keelan to be one of their top arms and he will be part of a good recruiting class that they are putting together," Chavera said.