The ultimate prize for prep athletes is to earn an athletic scholarship to play at the next level. Many of them spend their childhood days rooting for one program hoping for the day to come for them to receive the opportunity to be a part of that tradition.
New Iberia Senior High School product Kyle LaMothe (6’2, 210, 4.7) claimed to be pulling for one program since his days in pampers and it would be a blessing if an offer would arrive. However, there’s another school that also has he and his family’s attention as well.
“Virginia, Texas A&M and LSU have been showing me the most interest, but I have no offers yet,” LaMothe informed. “I went to a few Texas A&M games and to like one or two LSU games last season. Both places were definitely different. LSU was a more intense experience. It seemed like it would be an intimidating place to play. Texas A&M didn’t seem as intimidating as LSU, but they had a strong support system within itself.”
LaMothe’s interest in Texas A&M increased when his older brother – Michael – signed with the Aggies in 2009. The affinity for LSU is something that dates back to his younger years.
“I grew up a LSU fan, and my brother is a freshman at Texas A&M this year playing middle linebacker,” Kyle said. “I can’t say that LSU or Texas A&M is my No. 1 team right now because they’re both pretty close with me, but I will say getting an offer to play for LSU would be a childhood dream come true.”
In order to turn that dream into a reality, LaMothe understands it will be no easy task as hard work and effort will be required. He also realizes that sometimes he may be asked to sacrifice himself for the betterment of the team.
“We went 7-3, but lost in the first-round of the playoffs,” LaMothe said. “I played at both tight end and at middle linebacker. As a sophomore I had seven receiving touchdowns and this past season I had only three, but my team ran the ball primarily so I rarely got many touches.
“I also spent a lot of time at middle linebacker and that is probably another reason why my stats were down some this season. I feel better playing tight end because I feel more natural there, but my team needed me at middle linebacker this past season so I did what I needed to in order to help the team.”
LaMothe may get more opportunities on offense next season, though, and that’s something that he’s looking forward to.
“Next year I’ll be playing tight end in a spread offense or even an H-back type role catching shuttle passes out of the backfield,” he said. “Sometimes I’ll even be running regular routes like a receiver and I’ll get some looks at free safety on defense.”
In the end, LaMothe hopes to see the dividends that his hard work and effort produced.
“It makes me extremely excited to know teams such as LSU and Texas A&M are showing interest in me,” LaMothe concluded. “I’m just hoping and praying to get a chance to play football in college.”