Dylan Werries was an exception to the rule.
Werries started for the state-ranked McPherson High baseball team as a freshman in 2015 — which almost never, ever happens — because he displayed a rare talent and maturity for someone so young.
His career has developed nicely, so much so that he has earned a letter of intent at Jayhawk Conference power Butler Community College of El Dorado.
He made it official on Monday when he put pen to paper at a ceremony in the MHS Little Theatre.
Werries was a first-team All-State selection at shortstop after his junior year after being second-team All-State at second base during his sophomore year.
"They're normally one of the best jucos," said Werries, who was recruited heavily by former Bullpup pitching star and Butler assistant Ty Reese. "He (Reese) has been talking to me for quite a while and ever since I visited he called me three times a week."
Werries batted a creditable .270 his freshman year, working his way into the lineup early in the season. MHS wound up taking second in the state that year.
He batted .292 his sophomore year, but that was a precursor to a monster junior year. He hit .444 last season, while going 3-0 on the mound. He is expected to be MHS’ ace this year.
Werries, who has been working hard in the batting cage this winter, said he'll continue to improve his game before he heads to Butler in the fall. He's been told to concentrate on shortstop, even though he can play all over — even at catcher.
“Dylan is one of those kids that has worked for everything he has gotten,” MHS coach Heath Gerstner said. “He enjoys the process and has made that a priority. He is an even better person than a baseball player and as a coach that has me very excited for his future. As a coach, you always want your best player to be your best worker and he is just that. He puts in hours working on his craft and I think Butler is getting a heck of a player to build around for the next two years."
Werries said his goal is to have a solid career at Butler and hopes that translate into a shot at the Division I level.
He will major in sports management.