My son was awarded offensive player of the year for his high school team his senior season. It's the only accolade he ever received in High School. Never received first or second team all-league honors, no team MVP, or any post-season awards. He was a part time starter his Junior year on Varsity - HS coach told him "You impressed me with your hitting during Fall ball, I was originally going to place you on JV."
Fast forward to 2021- his first full year of Div 1 baseball in a solid conference (2 teams made CWS, one still in it). He hit .260 in conference play with a few steals and very solid defense in a part time role on a college team with 16 seniors.
Depends on what the definition of "excelling" means. He has a partial scholarship to a great school, loves his teammates, getting great grades, held his own his first full year of D-1 when given the opportunity, and is on a team with a great upward trajectory. I truly believe the fact that he was constantly overlooked in high school and in the travel ball scene here in So Cal lit a fire under him like nothing else.
The multiple college scouts that reached out to him after he went off at an Area Code tryout did not care one bit about all conference, all area, post season accolades, etc. All they wanted was transcripts, videos and him to visit their respective schools.