BRADENTON -- Collin Moore was behind the wheel, his mom in the passenger seat, when he received the news.
He was going to go to Cary, N.C., for three potentially life-changing days of baseball. And the rising sophomore at Manatee was so excited that he had to pull over to the side of the road.
"I was so stoked," Moore said, "I couldn't believe it."
Believe it or not, this time next week Moore will be playing games as a member of the South Region team in the National Team Indentification Series and will get a chance to audition for a spot on Team USA's U-16 squad on Aug. 21-24 in Cary.
"It's really crazy how fast it all happened," said Moore, 15, who is also a safety on Manatee's junior varsity football team. "Now it's here and it's awesome to be a part of it. It's one of the greatest experiences of my life."
Moore got the call after a tryout in Miami. A catcher who also plays the infield, Moore caught a bullpen session and took batting practice in front of the developmental scouts during the tryout.
"I thought I hit well," he said.
Moore has been playing baseball since he was 3 at G.T. Bray. He grew up playing Little League for Manatee West and has been playing travel ball for the past five years.
"Ever since I was little," he said, "I knew I wanted to play baseball for the rest of my life."
Football has its place in Moore's life, too, however, which means he'll be spending his nights working with the Hurricanes' JV secondary when he is not working on his swing in preparation for Cary.
Multi-sport athletes at the prep level are not as common as they used to be. Yet Moore hopes to stay one for a while.
"I'm going to try and play both sports," he said. "I want to stick with two as long as I can."
Though he plays all over the field, Moore said he doesn't have a favorite position. He
just wants to be in the lineup, especially if that lineup is a part of Team USA.
"This is all his doing. He's worked really hard his whole life to be who he is. He's earned it," said his father, Ryan. "Both my wife and I are very proud of him. ... God has reached downed and blessed him with many abilities. The sky's the limit for him. The biggest thing for him is I want him to have fun and enjoy the moment."