It’s a done deal – almost.
A signature on a dotted line is the last step remaining for Akiya Thymes to become the first-ever softball player from Brusly to play for LSU or any other SEC school.
The junior left-fielder formally committed to the Lady Tigers during a formal visit Saturday.
Thymes said she will formally sign with the Lady Tigers next fall.
It was her second visit to the LSU softball program. She made an impromptu visit when head coach Beth Tornia approached her at a softball camp last week in Baton Rouge.
Thymes had also received inquiries from UL-Lafayette.
She verbally committed during her June meeting, but it was not an official decision.
The second visit was far more formal – and intense – than the previous meeting.
“It felt like a much bigger deal this time around because all the coaches in the program were there,” Thymes said. “I was so very nervous.”
The formal atmosphere proved rewarding in the end, she said.
“When I finally said ‘yes’ to the scholarship, they all gave me a hug and welcomed me to their family,” Thymes said.
Her decision came without hesitation.
“It’s where I’ve wanted to go all along,” Thymes said.
Thymes, who started playing softball at age 10, finished with a .477 for the Lady Panthers, who won the Class 3A state championship last season.
She boasts a .483 career average.
Thymes plans to juggle basketball and softball the next two seasons.
She is the daughter of Donnie and Keysha Thymes.