Missouri’s Kardell set to be two-sport collegiate athlete

ADRIAN O'HANLON III | Staff PhotoTrevor Kardell of Team Missouri is committed to play football at the University of Kansas and play baseball as a walk on. 

Trevor Kardell plans to continue his baseball career in a more unconventional way.

Kardell, who is playing this week for Team Missouri at the 2019 Junior Sunbelt Classic, is committed to attend the University of Kansas on a football scholarship and play baseball for the Jayhawks as a walk-on.

He loves baseball and was committed at one point to play baseball at the University of Missouri. However, he also loves football, and could not decide what sport he enjoyed more.

“The feel that you get when you’re all dressed up and you get on the field and you’re able to be there with your brothers competing against the kids on the other side, it’s a feeling like no other,” Kardell said.

He is a wide receiver and tight end for Lee’s Summit West High School in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and decommitted from Missouri in February.

Baseball, meanwhile, has been his passion since he was growing up. Kardell views the game as his second nature.

He’s been playing both sports ever since he could remember. Kardell views the two sports as similar to the competition and the bonding with his teammates. He strives to hit home runs and catch touchdowns, and considers them to both be the same.

Kardell isn’t worried about having to balance out the two sports in college.

“It’s really what I’ve been doing since I grew up,” he said. “My summer schedule right now demands all of my time. I’m not home very much, and we’re always traveling. So, with that, in college, it’s really just going to be the same, but at the next level.”

PrepBaseballReport.com lists Kardell as the No. 2 ranked prospect in the state of Missouri for the Class of 2020. He said things could change, depending on what happens as far as the 2020 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft; but for now, he plans to go to college first. 

He called it an “amazing feeling” that he’ll have the chance to play for Kansas head football coach and 2007 national champion Les Miles.

“He’s such a cool guy,” Kardell said of Miles. “He’s very soft spoken, but he’s very real and he’ll give it to you.”

 Contact Corey Stolzenbach at cstolzenbach@mcalesternews.com