Sophomore infielder D.J. McNew has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and athletic career at Brigham Young University, a Division I university in Provo, Utah. McNew made the announcement on April 11 in a signing ceremony at the Davis Multipurpose Center surrounded by family and teammates. McNew is the fourth SFCC baseball student-athlete to sign an NLI.
"The coaching staff from BYU watched me play this summer," said McNew. "I went on a visit, and they offered me a scholarship. I love the state of Utah, and I love what the university's program is all about. It was very pretty there, and it just seemed like home to me."
McNew has only played in one game this season because of an injury. As a freshman, McNew was the everyday shortstop for the Roadrunners. He played in 44 games while hitting .260. He finished third on the team in slugging percentage at .514. He finished tied for first on the team in home runs with nine and stole five bases.
"D.J. is a player who will be able to contribute both offensively and defensively for BYU," said Head Coach Jud Kindle. "They are replacing a really good shortstop. D.J. will make an immediate positive impact. He was extremely good for us up until his injury. He is a quality person who has been a leader on and off the field. He is a hard worker and a winner. He had a great freshman season, and we were hoping for even bigger things this season. I am very proud of him. It is special to see a small town Missouri guy sign at a top 25 Division I baseball program."
McNew, a Mountain Grove native, plans to major in general studies at BYU and return home after completing his degree to work on the family farm.
"I want to thank all the people at State Fair," said McNew. "Coach Kindle has been great to me, along with all the players. I've made a lot of really close friends here. College is rough sometimes, but you appreciate it in the end when you get to do things like this. "