WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW Head Coach Mark Scalf announced the signings of Zack Canada, Justin Crump, Austin Easter, Nick Feight, Daniel Hamilton, Austin Magestro, Tyler Marshburn, Brian Mims and Josh Roberson to letters of intent for the 2015 season.

“We are extremely excited about this group of young men joining the Seahawk Baseball family and what they will bring to the program,” said Scalf. “Coach (Randy) Hood and Coach (Matt) Williams have done another outstanding job of filling our needs in the 2014 class. This is another athletic class of high character and talented young men with the competitive edge to excel on the field, in the classroom and within the community. We look forward to their arrival on campus next fall.”

The nine-member class is an impressive one in regards to rankings. Magestro and Easter are listed as top-500 recruits by Perfect Game while Hamilton and Crump are top-1000. Feight, Roberson, Canada, Mims and Roberson are all listed as “high follows” in the national rankings.

Name

Pos.

B/T

Ht

Wt

Hometown/Previous School

Zack Canada

INF

R/R

6-1

190

Climax, N.C./Southeast Guilford

Justin Crump

RHP

R/R

6-3

175

Albemarle, N.C./Albemarle

Austin Easter

RHP

L/R

5-10

170

Sparta, N.C./Alleghany

Nick Feight

C

R/R

5-11

195

Gainesville, Va./Battlefield

Daniel Hamilton

RHP

R/R

6-3

215

Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus

Austin Magestro

INF/RHP

L/R

6-1

190

Manassas, Va./Hylton

Tyler Marshburn

INF/C

S/R

6-1

195

Clayton, N.C./Wake Tech CC

Brian Mims

INF

R/R

5-11

180

Montclair, Va./Forest Park

Josh Roberson

RHP

R/R

6-3

155

Winston-Salem, N.C./North Davidson

PLAYER CAPSULES

Zack Canada, INF (Climax, N.C./Southeast Guilford, N.C.)

Prep: Helped Falcons to 20-4 record in 2013 and Metro 4A conference and tournament championships … Metro 4A All-Conference … Honorable mention all-Area … Team offensive MVP … Hit .440 with two home runs and 31 runs batted in his junior season … (At Southern Guilford) – Earned All-Conference honors and hit .406 with a home run and 22 RBI his sophomore season.

AAU/Legion: Played for Evoshield Canes and coach Sebastian Nazabal … Participated in 2013 Powerade State Games, 2013 WWBA World Championship and 2013 WWBA Underclass World Championship.

Personal: Full name: Zackary James Canada … Son of Vickie and Jim Canada … Born in Greensboro, N.C.

Scalf on Zack Canada: “Zack is a very athletic player and will have a chance to hit with power as he matures. He already runs extremely well and is infielder with the ability to play both positions on the leftside. Zack has a high ceiling that he can continue to reach for with hard work and push himself.”

Justin Crump, RHP (Albemarle, N.C./Albemarle)

Note: From same high school program as current Seahawk infielder Corey Dick.

Prep: Helped Bulldogs and coach Jamie Kimrey reach 1A state playoffs from 2011-13 … Earned All-Area honors in 2013 … Struck out 90 and posted earned run average of 1.76 his junior season … As a sophomore, he compiled a 1.89 ERA and 5-1 record in 55 innings for Bulldogs.

AAU/Legion: Played for Stanly County Post 76 and coach Derek Barringer … Also played with Core Athletics and coach David Darwin … Fanned 28 batters over 26 innings for Post 76 … Played in WWBC in Jupiter, Fla., where he struck out six in three innings.

Personal: Full name: Justin Brian Crump … Born in Albemarle, N.C. … Son of Christina and Brian Crump.

Scalf on Justin Crump: “Justin has a very projectable, talented arm and really showed his upside this fall. He possesses and upper 80’s fastball with a plus slider. He can be a power arm for us. Justin is a very determined and confident young man.”

Austin Easter, RHP (Sparta, N.C./Alleghany)

Prep: Helped Trojans and coach Zack Bennett to Mountain Valley Conference title and State 1A playoffs in 2013 … Earned All-Mountain Valley Conference honors his sophomore and junior seasons … Was honorable mention all-conference as a freshman and earned Silver Slugger Award (highest average) … Dominated as a junior on the mound with a 4-1 record and 2.14 ERA … Struck out 70 in 36 innings while tossing a no-hitter and four one-hitters … Went 2-2 as a sophomore.

AAU/Legion: Played for Showcase Baseball Academy and coach Tomas Cruz … Played for Region VII of the NC State games as a sophomore and junor.

Personal: Full name: Austin Taylor Easter … Son of Dawn Atwood and Marc Easter … Born in Dayton, Ohio … Grandfather, Bill Jarrett, played baseball at Appalachian State.

Scalf on Austin Easter: “Austin has an athletic body and a “bulldog” mentality on the field. He has a live arm that has already hit 90 miles per hour. Austin also has a good feel for his breaking and off-speed pitches. We love his character and makeup.”

Nick Feight, C (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield)

Prep: Helped Bobcats to Cedar Run District regular season and tournament championships … Reach semifinals of North West regional … Two-time All-District first-team honoree his sophomore and junior seasons … District Player-of-the-Year in 2013 … Earned All-Region honors his sophomore (honorable mention) and junior (first-team) seasons … Also Region Player-of-the-Year as a junior … All-State first-team in 2013 … Second-team All-Metro … Hit .472 with 10 doubles, seven home runs and 33 RBI in 2013.

AAU/Legion: Played with DeMarini Stars and coach Carson Carroll … Played in WWBA Perfect Game and South Atlantic Border Battle showcases … Earned All-Tournament honors at 16U and 17U Perfect Game showcases.

Personal: Full name: Nicholas William Feight … Son of Kristin and Craig Feight … Born in Sacramento, Calif.

Scalf on Nick Feight: “Nick is a really strong-bodied catcher with good catch-and-throw skills. Offensively, he can work into a middle-of-the-order hitter with hard work. He has great energy and leadership ability behind the plate and is another big-time competitor, along with (Brian) Mims and (Austin) Magestro, from Coach Carson’s DeMarini Prime Travel program.”

Daniel Hamilton, RHP (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus)

Prep: Played for coach Joe Hubbard.

AAU/Legion: Played for Charlotte Megastars and coach Jeff McNeeley … Played in WWBA 17U National Championship (Marietta, Ga.), Jupiter and East Coast Classic showcases.

Personal: Full name: Daniel Joseph Hamilton … Son of Jennifer and Gary Hamilton … Born in New Castle, Pa.

Scalf on Daniel Hamilton: “Daniel is another strong, big bodied young man with a projectable power arm. His fastball is already in the 88-90 miles per hour range. We’re excited to see Daniel progress during these upcoming years.”

Austin Magestro, IF/RHP (Manassas, Va./Hylton)

Prep: Helped Bulldogs and coach Craig Flesher to 2013 AAA Cardinal District tournament title … Team won 2013 Northwest Regional championship … 2012 AAA Cardinal District regular season championship … Three-time letterwinner for Bulldogs .. First-team All-Cardinal District and All-Northwest Regional selection in 2013 … Also earned All-District honors in 2012 and was named to News and Messenger All-Area team … Hit .323 with 27 runs scored and 12 doubles in 2013 … As a pitcher in 2012, went 4-0 with 0.99 ERA while limiting opponents to a .179 batting average … Struck out 20 in 21.1 innings … also hit .319 and scored 20 runs in 2012 … Hit .300 as a freshman in 2011.

AAU/Legion: Played for DeMarini Stars and coach Carson Carroll … Participated in Perfect Game WWBA Underclass World Championship … Perfect Game WWBA 2013 National Championship … WSL World Finals … Prospect Wire Under/UpperClass National Series … Also played in the South Atlantic Border Battle … U16Perfect Game WWBA All-Tournament selection.

Personal: Full name: Austin Christopher Magestro … Son of Gloria and Richard Magestro … Born in Fairfax, Va.

Scalf on Austin Magestro: “Austin comes to UNCW as a possible two-way player. Another power arm in this class, Austin also showcases a plus slider. At the plate, he’s aggressive from the leftside of the plate and is competitive in everything he does.”

Tyler Marshburn, IF/C (Clayton, N.C./Wake Tech CC)

JC: Played at Pitt CC as a freshman before transferring to Wake Tech for the upcoming 2014 season.

Prep: Played for Trojans and coach Derik Goffena … Three-time GNRC selection.

Personal: Full name: David Tyler Marshburn … Born in Raleigh, N.C. … Uncle, Kelly Hill, played at Mt. Olive while another uncle, Roy Hill, played at Campbell and North Carolina Wesleyan.

Scalf on Tyler Marshburn : Tyler is a multi-talented player and adds depth to our catching position. He owns a strong arm and can play third base. That arm also shows well on the mound where he has reached the low 90’s. At the plate, Tyler is a middle-of-the-order hitter from both sides of the plate.”

Brian Mims, INF (Montclair, Va./Forest Park)

Prep: Helped Bruins and coach Sonny Moss to Cardinal District Conference titles in 2011 and 2012 … Honorable Mention All-State … First-team All-District and Region … Also earned honorable mention All-Met as a junior … Team MVP … Earned second-team All-District honors his sophomore season … Hit .412 with two home runs his junior season.

AAU/Legion: Played with DeMarini Stars and coach Carson Carroll … Played in the following events: WWBA 17U National Championship (East Cobb, Ga.); World Scout League; WWBA Underclass World Championship (Ft. Myers, Fla.) … Played with Team Virginia in South Atlantic Border Battle … Selected All-Tournament at WWBA 17 National Championship … Was named tournament MVP at World Scout League Atlantic Regional (Baltimore, Md.) … Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-America … All-Tournament at WWBA 16U Championships (East Cobb, Ga.) … All-Tournament and Louisville Slugger Prime Nine selection at WWBA Underclass World Championship in summer of 2012.

Personal: Full name: Brian James Mims … Son of Lori and Jim Mims … Born in Woodbridge, Va. … Sister, Ashley, played soccer at George Mason.

Scalf on Brian Mims: “Brian is a player we think can play all three infield spots. He’s a gritty, tough competitor with feel and instincts for the game. Brian is a plus-runner who will bring a base stealing mentality and get on base often. We feel he’ll be a part of our infield during his career with the program.”

Josh Roberson, RHP (Winston-Salem, N.C./North Davidson)

Note: The Seahawks have North Davidson alums in Kelly Secrest and Jordan Ramsey. Also from the Central Piedmont Conference are Mat Batts (Mount Tabor) and Ryan Foster (Davie)

Prep: Helped Black Knights to 2013 Central Piedmont Conference tournament championship … Earned All-CPC honors and was conference MVP under the direction of former UNCW standout Mike Meadows … Posted a 7-1 mark and 1.25 ERA.

AAU/Legion: Played for Evoshield Canes and coach Josh Roberson … Played in South Atlantic Border Battle and fanned two in one inning of work.

Personal: Full name: Josh Miller Roberson … Son of Kevin Roberson … Born in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Scalf on Josh Roberson:” Josh continues what has been a solid pipeline for us at North Davidson and Mike Meadows, a UNCW alum. He’s a three-pitch guy with an above average feel for all three. Mechanically, he’s sound and has a frame that he can develop.”