Sopsher takes control of college football destiny

By Jesse Brooks

After graduating last May, Amite Warrior defensive lineman Rodney Sopsher did not receive the Division I offer he was hoping for, but he signed on to play for Independence Community College in hopes of keeping his dreams alive in a “no distraction” setting in the small town of Independence, Kansas. However, that quickly changed after Sopsher arrived to a team camp that was surrounded by television cameras.
Sopsher confirmed that Last Chance U, the hit Netflix documentary series that follows the players trying to return to Division I via the junior college route, is currently filming its third season on ICC’s campus. When Sopsher participated in camp, filming had already begun.

“I’ve been through camp and everything. They were already filming and all then,” Sopsher said. “They were going to redshirt me so I left to go to South Louisiana Community College.”

With more and more former Division I athletes showing up on campus, active roster spots were filling up quick. Sopsher, who has a goal of reaching Division I, felt like there is no time to waste.

“It would have been nice to be on TV and all, but not when my goal is playing time,” Sopsher said. “I’m trying to get into D-I as soon as possible. Not playing for a year will get in the way of that.”

Sopsher will suit up for the South Louisiana Community College Panthers in Lafayette this season to have the opportunity to play in 2017. He then plans to transfer to Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Sopsher hopes to be ready for a Division I transfer by the time his brother Ishmael, the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2019, chooses a destination. Though that crossroads is a way off, Sopsher says that it is a goal he would like to keep in his line of vision.

Sopsher will take the field with South Louisiana CC against Arkansas Baptist College in week one at a date and time to be announced.

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