'Cats roar into SEC

By Anthony Rhoads

Lovejoy High School is making its presence known in the SEC.

Offensive lineman Chris Scott and defensive back Keith Fitzhugh became the latest Wildcats to join the SEC Wednesday when Scott inked a letter-of-intent to play at Tennessee while Fitzhugh signed with Mississippi State.

Other former Lovejoy players who are currently in the SEC are Anthony Parker at Tennessee, Michael Heard at Mississippi State and Jeremy Lomax at Georgia.

"It feels great," Scott said of getting the chance to play with Parker at Tennessee. "We accomplished a lot at the high school level and getting the chance to play at the college level together is great."

Scott added that he's looking forward to lining up against some of his former teammates in the SEC.

"That's a great feeling as well," Scott said. "I think it's going to be really fun to play against former teammates. It's a wonderful feeling."

Lovejoy head coach Al Hughes said he has enjoyed seeing several of his players go on to the SEC.

"I think it's been neat," he said. "It's been pretty good; it's been a lot of fun. I'm happy we've been able to do a good job with them. I'm pleased to be able to contribute a little bit. It's something that goes back to the coaches, the mamas, the teachers and the administration. I don't have much to do with it; I just have the best seat in the house."

Scott was one of the most highly-recruited offensive linemen in the country and earned many honors in 2004 including being named a Parade All-American and playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Now, he's ready to take things to the next level and he's looking forward to playing at Tennessee, which is coming off a 38-7 victory over Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.

"Coach Fulmer is a great coach and he has a great coaching staff," Scott said. "It's great knowing you're going to a program that's going to win."

Fitzhugh, a defensive back, graduated early from Lovejoy in December and is already attending Mississippi State this semester.

Fitzhugh will be able to participate in spring practice.