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Darton recruiting off and running

By Robert Hydrick - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Darton College coach Laura Blackwell and her staff have many needs on the recruiting trail this spring.

The Lady Cavaliers are finding the players they need for next season.

Darton opens the spring season by signing six players Thursday afternoon.

Leading the way is former Albany High guard Jasmine Myers.

Myers was a three time mvp for the Squaws.

The Lady Cavs get needed depth at point guard with Brooks County's Khadija Jones and Tember Merchant from Dalton.

Darton also adding some perimeter shooting with guards Christina Brown from Northside-Columbus and Tashiana Westbrooks from Shiloh High in Snellville.

In the post, Darton adds Turner County's Demetria King.

Coach Blackwell says much of the credit for this goes to her assistant coach Erica Henry.

Laura Blackwell said. "This was a big recruiting season for us. My assistant coach came in and did all the leg work on getting these young ladies. We got out to see them. She has been in contact with them constantly and I think that has been a big plus for us."

Darton cross-country coach David Mann also has been busy on the recruiting trail.

The Cavaliers signed three runners to the men's team and one for the women's team who both won region titles last fall.

Darton men signing Harold Martin from Bainbridge High, Clay Ferguson from Randolph-Southern and Nathan Norton from Americus.

Cheslea Battle also from Americus signing with the Lady Cavaliers.

Coach David Mann says he concentrates much of his recruiting on local runners and three region titles in three years of competition makes it easy to sell the Darton program.

David Mann said. "It has definitely made things a lot easier for us. They seem to find me more than I have to go out and find them which is definitely a perk."

Darton signee Clay Ferguson's mother Rhonda was an administrative assistant in the Darton athletic department.

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