Kyle LaMothe (New Iberia Senior High) is being recruited by most colleges as a tight end, but the junior unselfishly spent most of last season on the other side the ball to help his team.
"I played some offense last year, but I mostly played linebacker," said Lamothe. "I probably spent four games on offense and I had three receiving touchdowns. This year, I'm rarely going to come off the field. I'm moving to free safety on defense and I'll be at H-back on offense."
Lamothe (6-foot-2 1/2, 210 pounds), who is hearing from LSU, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, and TCU, among others, has another brother (Michael) who plays linebacker for Texas A&M and that could factor into Lamothe's choice for college.
"I would like to play with my brother," Lamothe said. "We're close. I remember back when we were in on some of the plays as teammates in high school. I look up to him."
This summer, Lamothe plans on attending camps at LSU, TCU, and Texas A&M. Right now, Lamothe is running track for the Yellow Jackets.
"I run the 100 (PR of 11.47) and I'm on the 4 X 100 relay team," he said.
Does the junior have a favorite school yet?
"I'd say that LSU and TCU are my favorites," he said. "I'd really like to stay close to home for college. I got to know the former tight ends coach at LSU, but they have somebody new there now. I've been getting handwritten letters from Mississippi State's tight ends coach. I've talked to A&M and they seem like they might offer, but I'm not sure about the timetable."
Last year, New Iberia got off to a fast start, winning its first six games. However, the Yellow Jackets lost some steam after that torrid start and finished 7-4.
"We did good in those first several games last year," Lamothe said, "and we had a big win in Shreveport vs. Byrd in Week Two. Our defense was carrying us though - and our offense had trouble producing.
"We have a bunch of returning starters this year. We're not losing too many players. All of our wide receivers are back and our quarterback and running back are back. We do need to replace two big-bodies on the offensive line who will graduate and go on to play college ball in Arkansas. On defense, we lose one good linebacker and two defensive backs, but overall we should be okay. We have a good Class of 2011 on the team."