GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T State University men’s tennis is back. It was made official on Thursday when A&T head tennis coach Bruce Myers announced the first signings of men’s tennis players since 2005.
“I was asked by our athletics director (Earl M. Hilton III) to field a men’s tennis team that would compete in the MEAC,” said Myers. “I believe our signings today will not only allow us to be competitive for the 2014-15 season, but will allow us to surprise conference opponents.”
Dreshaun Jarmon (Philadelphia, Pa./William Penn Chapter High School), John Wilson IV (Red Oak, Texas/Red Oak High School), Kyle Scott (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford High School) and Brett Caban (Drexel Hill, Pa./Upper Darby High School) is the historic class that will usher in the return.
Jarmon is slated to be the Aggies No. 1 player in the fall. He has wins over 2-star players, and he made it the finals of the ESCS Amateur B18s Tennis Classic finals.
“Dreshaun is a player who I think will excel at North Carolina A&T,” said Myers. “He is extremely athletic, and has not reached his full potential. He has a world-class forehand and with refining that will come in the weight room. He has a realistic opportunity to win a bunch of matches in the MEAC.”
Wilson is a two-star standout with four wins over 3-star players. He is the captain and No. 1 player on his varsity tennis team. Most valuable player honors have come his way two straight years, and he made history when he became the first ever state qualifier from Red Oak High School. Wilson eventually went on to win the first of three straight district championships.
Wilson has been a USTA Texas Super Champ since 11, and he has been ranked as high as 20th in the state of Texas. In doubles, Wilson has reached the finals twice at USTA regional tournaments. Outside of tennis, Wilson is on the debate team, student council and National Honor Society. He is in the top seven percent of his graduating class.
“John is a humble young man who displays great leadership abilities and is a good role model for his four younger brothers,” said Myers. “He is an ambitious young man with high expectations for himself. Please look for great things to come from John W. Wilson IV.”
Scott is a 1-star player with wins over 2-star opponents. He played No. 2 singles at Northwest Guilford where he earned all-conference honors and advanced to the regionals. Scott’s parents are Aggies who met while attending A&T.
“I knew Kyle fell in love with North Carolina A&T as soon as he came for his first visit,” said Myers. “Kyle is another athletic player who will benefit from a structured training regimen and practicing and playing with Division I competition on a daily basis.”
Caban was recruited to A&T during Myers’ evaluation of Jarmon. He has wins over 1-star and 2-star players and was rated in the top-50 among Pennsylvania players.
“He will battle for every point and make his opponent earn everything,” said Myers. “He is someone who will benefit from getting in our program and ramping up his on and off-curt training. I have no doubts that he will succeed on the court and in the classroom.”