Fort Scott Community College standout running back Rodney Lovett has found a new home. With the ULM Warhawks searching for another big back to run in between the tackles, they have found their guy in Rodney Lovett.
Lovett is originally from Pompano Beach, FL and attended Blanche Ely High School. This past season Rodney led Fort Scott Greyhounds to a 9-3 record and #13 ranking in the Jayhawk Conference.
Fort Scott head coach Jeff Sims confirmed that Rodney signed his paperwork tonight and will enroll at ULM this summer. "ULM is getting not only a great running back but a very good person in Rodney", said Sims. There are going to be guys at ULM that will faster and bigger than Rodney but when it's all said and done,they won't be better than Rodney".
"Mark Thommerdaul did a good job of recruiting Rodney", said Sims. I have know Coach Mark for several years now and in fact Coach Weatherbie is from Fort Scott Kansas so there was a connection there as well".
In his sophomore campaigne, Rodyney rushed the ball 326 times gaining 1,328 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. He was also impressive out of the backfield catching 14 passes for 104 yards and a score. "Rodney led the nation in carries this past year and only fumbled 2 times in those 326 carries", said Sims. With those gaudy numbers Rodney picked up All-American Honors.
"In Rodney, your getting a runner that stays low to the ground and will pick up those tough yards. If there is nothing there, he will put his head down and get you two yards. He will turn a five yard gain into an 8-10 yard gain by lowering his head and driving forward. Rodney is not going to go out of bounds either, he is a tough running back and we are very proud of him".
The Warhawks signed two exciting backs out of high school this past February in Carl Elie and Luther Ambrose. Both bring big promise to the ULM backfield but will both have to adapt to the speed of the college game and also look to put on some weight.
In Lovett, the Warhawks get a carbon copy of Frank Goodin as they both stand 5'9 and weigh 195 pounds. Rodney will have three years to play three at ULM.