Q&A With Signee Jimmy Lovelace

Baseball player signs to play at Radford University


Q: What is your earliest memory of playing your sport? 

A: Earliest memory would be five years old playing wiffle ball with my grandma in the backyard.

Q: What made you stick with your sport all these years? 

A: I always loved it. I wanted to get better.

Q: Who are some of your athletic heroes, people you look up to in your sport? Why do they stand out? 

A: Guys like Mariano  Rivera, Andy Pettitte, guys like that. I always try to pitch like them whenever I’m pitching, throw their pitches, stuff like that.

Q: What factors led you to sign with the college/university that you chose? What made that school stand out? 

A: I love the coaching staff. They all really wanted me to be there, and nice school.

Q: What course of study or major do you plan to pursue at your college or university? 

A: I plan to pursue business because one day I want to be an entrepreneur.

Q: What are you looking forward to the most while playing a sport while attending college?

A: Making memories and getting better.

Q: What are you anxious about as you transition to attend and play in college? 

A: Meeting new people and the workouts.

Q: What regulations/rules did you encounter regarding recruiting and signing? 

A: I couldn’t talk to the coach until Sept. 1 my junior year, and we couldn’t text each other until after that, so it was pretty difficult until then.

Q:What is one thing you would change about your recruiting/signing process and why?

A: Make it go by quicker. It was a long process. It started beginning of sophomore year, and then I didn’t get signed until a couple weeks ago, so it was a while.

Q: It is hard for a school to tick all the boxes a student athlete might have. What are some sacrifices you had to make in order to attend your chosen school? 

A: It’s four and a half hours away. I’d say the school checks most of the boxes, but it’s hard for a school to get what the kid wants.

Q: What advice would you give to the next class of student athletes who will go through the process of recruitment? 

A: I’d say stick with it, and don’t give up on it. You’ll find somewhere where you’ll want to play.

Q: What advice would you give to your past self regarding your athletic career? 

A: Just work harder.

Q: Who are some people you would like to thank for helping you get to where you are today? How did they assist you? 

A: Coaches, family and friends. They always help me through if I have questions or anything like that.

Q: What is your favorite memory as a Cougar athlete? 

A: Winning that conference championship last year.