During his four years at Lamar, Coyt Majure's tennis game has improved so much, that smaller colleges have begun reaching out to him, a scenario that seemed a far-cry three years ago.
"I remember the first couple of tournaments I played in the UTSA (United States Tennis Association). I didn't win a single match, and it was kinda disappointing," said Majure.
Since those early days, he has been ranked as high as third in Mississippi by the UTSA, but it was a state tournament qualifier three years ago on the Delta State campus that left Lamar Tennis coach Bill Autry in awe.
"He had a tough draw, and he was like this skinny little ninth grader, and he had to play three matches in that one day, and he was on the court... I think it was probably almost like nine hours," said Autry. "That spirit showed me what he was made of."
Majure scored a 33 on his ACT and is a national merit finalist, one of only two in Lauderdale County.
"Coyt is extremely bright, but he's not arrogant about it," said Lamar math teacher Phyllis Skipper. "He is a quiet student. He doesn't require my motivation. He's self-motivated, and I like that."
Coyt was recommended for a programat Emory University that would allow him to shadow doctors when he just a high school freshman. That experience has inspired him to study medicine.
He still has a few college visits to make, but he's leaning toward the University of Alabama.