Like Father, Like Son; Nick Rome To ULM

Ruston High senior catcher Nick Rome has committed to Coach Jeff Schexnaider and the ULM Baseball program.

"I am very excited and honored to have been offered a scholarship to play baseball for the Warhawks," commented Rome

Rome has been a two sport player throughout his high school career. As a football player he was a 4 year starter playing his first two years at Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport as a receiver with record setting catches totaling 55 grabs his freshman year, and 68 his sophomore year.

After transferring to Ruston High School his junior year, he was placed in the quarterback position and has thrown for over 3400 yards in two seasons. Over his high school career Rome accounted for over 6700 yards of total offense, scoring 25 touchdowns and passing for 31 more. He was chosen as a 4 year All District player. Along with this he received All City Honorable Mention as a freshman and was also honored as the Most Valuable Player on the varsity team by his teamates and coaches.

Other honors include, Honorable Mention All State his sophomore year, All Parish, All Area, and All Northeast, as a junior and Honorable Mention All State his senior year.

In regards to baseball, he has also been a starter on the varsity since his freshman year earning All District First Team every year along with All City First Team, All State and All Northeast Louisiana.

"My decision to play baseball is something that I feel great about. It has always been my first love. I do have a passion for football, and I know it is a sport that could have been attractive to me on a bigger stage. I think that baseball represents a sport that is definitely team oriented but at the same time individual performance and skills determine your future".

"I do feel that I am capable of playing football on the college level, but I think that I personally have more control of my future in baseball. I have never concentrated only on baseball. Last summer I chose to not play summer ball so I could dedicate my time to giving my best effort and focus to our football program as a senior. I realized that I was letting go of an important time for exposing myself and getting better at baseball, but I felt in my heart that I owed my coaches and teammates total concentration to football.

After football season ended this year I attended Coach Shakes Christmas camp at ULM and I knew then that it is where I wanted to be. I've had interest shown in me from Southeastern, LSU, Arkansas, and Texas A&M , and gone on visits, but ULM was different. I feel that their program and coaching staff is one of the elite. It will be an honor to be a part of their program."

"Right now my goal is to enjoy my senior baseball season and to do whatever it takes to help Coach White and Ruston have a great year. Then, I will concentrate on working very hard this summer to continue getting better so that I can bring everything that I have to the table for Coach Shake and the Warhawks!!"

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