17U Pitcher DJ McMaster Signs Letter of Intent with West Virginia Tech Golden Bears

by Jim Stewart

DJ McMaster became the 15th Titan from the Class of 2021 to sign a letter of intent and the 11th to be packing his bags for the United States.  The Vaughan, Ontario resident is excited by the prospects of being a student-athlete at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology:  “Since grade 9, I wanted to become a mechanical engineer. WVU Tech has given me the opportunity to pursue my dream career in mechanical engineering while playing baseball.” 

It is evident that DJ will love the cognitive challenges inherent in the world of Sciences and Math which makes him a natural fit at West Virginia Tech. Studying Mechanical Engineering in Beckley, West Virginia has many upsides according to the 17U Right-Handed Pitcher:  “By having this opportunity, I will be able to make new global connections and, as someone who likes nature, the area around Beckley is beautiful. The smaller class size at WVU--compared to Canadian schools-- is another benefit.”

The “Honor Roll with Distinction” student from Emily Carr High School noted the good times he had after joining the Titans organization, even though the Pandemic affected some of the on-field and off-field activities:   “Although due to Covid-19 we only played a few games in 2020, the winter training with other pitchers from my 17U team and the fun we had together will be my best memory.”

McMaster was also generous in his praise of the Titans’ University and College Placement Team of Lawrence Vera, Denis Bailey, and Jim Stewart:  “The tenacity of keeping doors open for me by the college placement team and encouraging me to investigate all options was a large asset to me ending up at WVU Tech.”

Director of Baseball Operations and 17U Head Coach Lawrence Vera addressed his student-athlete’s talents on the field and in the classroom:  “I’m looking forward to watching DJ pitch this summer as he really came around this Fall.  He is going to excel at West Virginia Tech in the books and on the mound.”

The 17U Hurler and aspiring Engineer had these pearls of wisdom to bestow upon the younger Titans: “Find what you are good at and capitalize on your strengths. Play your style of baseball. One tip for school is to find people who think like you and surround yourself with people who will help you excel.”

Sage words of advice from one of the Titans’ best student-athletes in the Class of 2021.  The Titans Baseball Club wishes DJ McMaster all the very best in Beckley, West Virginia with the NAIA Golden Bears.