DANVILLE — Trevor Davis was very proactive when it came to his recruitment for college.
The standout catcher from Danville High attended several showcases and baseball camps in an effort to attain a baseball scholarship.
On Thursday afternoon in the Community Room at Danville High School, Davis achieved his goal when he officially signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and play baseball at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
“I did everything,’’ Davis said. “The recruiting process for me ramped up early and it’s been pretty hectic.
“When Eastern reached out to me, I knew that was the place that I wanted to go. I’m exciting to get down there and show them what I’ve got.’’
And Davis is going to get a jump on that process, as he is graduating at the end of this semester and he will be on campus at Eastern starting this spring.
“This is a new chapter in my life and I looking forward to what the future holds for me,’’ Davis said. “I will get down there on Jan. 10. I can start working out with the team until they start practice and I’m going to get a head start on my classes, so that I’m fully ready next fall.’’
Once the official collegiate season begins, Davis will have to work out on his own to preserve his five years to play four seasons and he will not be allowed to travel with the team.
“The coaches at Eastern have done all the research and they know what I can and cannot do,’’ said Davis. “I will still go to the home games to learn as much as I can.’’
Davis will forgo his senior season at Danville.
“It was a tough decision, but I feel like being around the college players and getting a start on my classes will help me out more in the long run,’’ he said.
The recruiting trail had a few bumps in the road for Davis.
Originally, Davis gave a verbal commitment to Illinois State University in Normal.
“They had a coaching change and I decommitted from there,’’ Davis said. “It was definitely a scary situation. You are all set to go to that school and when they don’t have a coach, you know that you have to make a decision on staying or going someplace else.’’
Eventually, Davis was able to find landing spot.
“Last summer, I went to the PBR Futures Game in Westfield, Ind.,’’ he said. “Right after that was a contact period for Division I coaches and that’s when I started talking with Eastern.’’
The Panthers are coached by former Danville and Illinois standout Jason Anderson and they were 26-30 this past season.
In each season under Anderson, Eastern Illinois has increased its win total.
“It’s definitely good to have a kid from Danville as your coach,’’ Davis said. “He knows the baseball atmosphere around here and I’m excited to play for him.
“All of the coaches are really nice there and it’s a good team atmosphere. I think we can win the conference title.’’
Davis plans on majoring in business management.