Woodlawn’s Javin Myers commits to Louisiana-Monroe; U-High’s Destiny Ephrom pledges to Dillard _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- University High's Destiny Ephrom (25), going in for a layup, is fouled by Madison Prep's Kennedi Green in a Dec. 12 game at the EBR Girls tournament.

Woodlawn football player Javin Myers and University High girls basketball player Destiny Ephrom were at different points in their recruitment.

But both said she got exactly what they needed by committing to different Louisiana schools.

Ephrom, a senior, committed to New Orleans-based Dillard. Myers, a junior running back, committed to Louisiana-Monroe following an unofficial visit to the school.

“At Dillard, I could really see where I could fit in,” Ephrom said. “I see the role I can play to help the team win in the future. That was important for me. Plus, I like the fact that it’s close to home.”

The 5-foot-11 Ephrom averaged 19.3 points and 10.2 rebounds for the Cubs. She missed several district games and the playoffs because of a season-ending knee injury. Ephrom helped U-High win Class 3A state titles as a sophomore and a junior and earned all-state honors as a junior.

Myers (5-10, 190) said he also had a feeling of belonging from the moment he walked on the UL-Monroe campus.

“I fell in love with the coaches and the school,” Myers said. “Just walking around campus, I felt at home. It had a family feel. The coaches were great and helped me see how I can contribute.

“Coach (Matt) Viator (new UL-Monroe coach) has won every where he’s coached, and he’s going to build the program back up. I want to be a part of that.”

Myers ran for 1,090 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior for the Class 4A Panthers, who lost in the first round of the playoffs. He also has offers from Tulane and Jackson State. Myers plans a kinesiology major and wants to become a coach.

In addition to Dillard, Ephrom also considered another New Orleans school, Xavier. She plans a major in either pre-med or theater. Ephrom’s teammate, junior guard Kaila Anderson, committed to Tulane earlier this month.

Assumption volleyball standout Hannah Brister also is among the recent commitments. The 6-0 junior outside hitter committed to Northwestern State.