Making a Division I college team as a walk-on is somewhat rare, but to make two teams as a walk-on is very rare.
Such is the goal of Arundel's Casey Trout, a three-year varsity performer in baseball and football. Trout hopes to make the University of Maryland football and baseball teams next year as a walk-on.
"They're going to give me a chance to make the football team as a punter and the baseball team as an infielder," said Trout. "I really believe I can do it and am looking forward to it."
Trout was a Baltimore Sun All-County defensive back for the Wildcats in the fall, making 70 tackles and picking off two passes while punting for an average of 34.8 on 31 attempts.
Offensively he had 1,250 all-purpose yards, scoring 12 touchdowns for the quarterfinalist Wildcats.
Last spring as the second baseman on Arundel's state 4A runner-up (to Perry Hall), Trout hit .337 with 28 runs scored, 22 stolen bases and 14 RBIs. He turned 12 double plays for the Wildcats.
As one of just two returning seniors with game experience this spring, Trout is off to a good start for the No. 10 Wildcats (6-3). Trout is hitting over .400 with 14 stolen bases, including two doubles and a triple in Wedsesday's 25-11 romp over Meade (3-7).
"Casey is a quiet leader on an inexperienced team and with his good habits serves as a good example for our younger players as to how to play the game," said Arundel coach Bernie Walter.
"He's a very consistent player with good tools -- good arm, very accurate arm, good hands, has line-drive power and knows how to play."
Walter is convinced that the 6-foot-2, 175-pound Trout can accomplish his goal and make two Terrapin teams as a walk-on.
"It's a good opportunity for him because they are looking for a punter and I think he will be a better punter in college than high school," said Walter. "In high school, he had to get it off quicker, but will have more time to punt in college.
"In my opinion, he's got a legitimate chance and with his speed [6.7 in the 60-yard dash] and ability to hit well, down the road, he could get a chance to also play defensive back."
As a baseball player, Walter considers Trout one of the better infielders to come out of a school that has produced scores of talented players in Walter's 22 years as head coach.
"Casey could play right now at Maryland," said Walter, a former Terps second baseman.
"He might be better at second base because that's where he has played most of his career, but last summer when Jeff Hedrick [graduated All-County shortstop] got hurt, Casey played terrifically for the legion [Mayo Post]."
Trout attributes his gradual climb from full-time courtesy runner as a sophomore to starting second baseman as a junior and now Wildcats shortstop and leadoff batter to Walter's emphasis on "playing hard and being hard-nosed."
"Mr. Walter really expects a lot and it makes you play harder," said Trout. "And this year, I've tried to be more of a leader helping the younger players whenever I can."
Trout knew what to expect of Walter because his brother A.J., now a junior at the U.S. Naval Academy, had played ahead of him at Arundel. His 10-year-old brother, Jesse, is the Wildcats' bat boy.
"They all have great attitudes and Casey has the right attitude to be successful at the next level," said Walter.
Trout, who plans to major in business, carries a 3.4 grade-point average and scored 1,070 on his Scholastic Aptitude Test.