GREENSBORO - North Carolina A&T head softball coach Mamie Jones announced the signing of four recruits who will start play at A&T in 2014.
Syerra Askew (5-9, catcher, Columbus, Ga., Columbus HS), Maiven McKnight (5-8, pitcher, Fredericksburg, Va., Massaponax HS), Dasia Moore (5-4, centerfield, Williamston, N.C., Riverside HS) and Lauren Irvin (5-5, shortstop, Chesapeake, Va., Western Branch HS) will add depth to a roster that should include six seniors during the 2014 season.
"I'm excited depth was accomplished with the inclusions of Syerra, Maiven, Lauren, and Dasia to the Aggie Softball Family," said Jones. "More exciting is that all four bring a tremendous academic history and great work ethic with them. They are competitors on the field, and will definitely complement the current team. What impressed me too about this 2013 class were their backgrounds, support and encouragement each received from their families during the recruitment process. I can't elaborate enough on how important such support contributes to the development and success of taking that next step in life."
Askew helped Columbus High School capture the 2009 Class 3A state championship as a freshman. As a junior, Askew led Columbus to the regional title, while finishing fifth in the state as Askew was named All Bi-City as a catcher, and was a team captain. Askew also earned a varsity letter in basketball as a sophomore, and she is a member of the Beta Club, an organization that promotes character, develops leadership skills, encourages service involvement, recognizes achievement and provides technological advantages to students.
McKnight will provide the Aggies with additional pitching personnel. She started four varsity seasons on the mound for Massaponax High School. She earned second-team All-District honors in 2010 and '12. Her other career highlights include being named All-Area as a freshman and honorable mention All-Area as a junior. She is a four-year honor roll student who earned the Outstanding Student award in Spanish. She also attended the National Youth Leadership Conference, an organization that brings together the future leaders of tomorrow.
Moore will be expected to run down fly balls in the Aggies outfield for four years. Moore is a three-time all-conference performer who earned All-State honors as a freshman. Moore is also a three-time All-Academic performer in the classroom. She has spent four years on the honor roll, two years on the Principal's List, three years in the Beta Club and two years on the National Honors Society. She is also a member of the Future Business Leaders of America.
Irvin rounds out the outstanding class at the critical position of shortstop. During her career at Western Branch, Irvin has collected two honorable mention All-District honors along with a second-team All-District recognition. As a freshman, she earned team Rookie of the Year honors. Irvin's team has also awarded her with Best Offensive Player and Leadership Award honors. Academically, she has a 3.0 grade point average, and she chose A&T not only for softball, but also for its physical therapy program.