El Dorado football coach Steven Jones announced that senior receiver Steven Tollette has accepted an offer to play at Louisiana College next season. Jones said Tollette has already been admitted into the school, located in Pineville, Louisiana.
“We’re looking forward to seeing him play at the next level. I think the Wildcats down there are getting a steal of a player,” said Jones.
“We’re just proud he found a spot to play next season. We’re looking forward to seeing Steven play on Saturdays. Selfishly, I’m excited that he chose Louisiana College. That’s where I graduated from.”
Tollette led El Dorado with 44 receptions for 743 yards and seven touchdowns last season. He drew junior college interest and other small schools. Jones was asked if he was surprised Tollette wasn’t more highly recruited.
“I wouldn’t say surprised. I think he just kind of flew under the radar,” Jones said. “He had a breakout senior season. I think that propelled him to be able to play at the next level.”
Tollette is the fourth El Dorado player off last year’s team to sign to play at the collegiate level, joining Dalton Perdue (SMU), Carmerious Rucks (Arkansas Tech) and Cameron Deal (Hendrix).
Louisiana College went 3-7 last season and could be an opportunity for Tollette to get on the field quickly.
“I think he’ll be awesome,” said Jones. “I think he’ll have a chance to play right away. I think he’ll compete to get on the field in his freshman season. He’s a great player. He’s one of the best overall receivers I’ve had an opportunity to coach. He has a great work ethic, a great kid. I know he’ll be a good listener to the coaches there and he’ll compete for playing time right away.”