If you watched Netflix’s Last Chance U, you’re familiar with the name Ronald Ollie.
Ollie was one of the stars of the show’s first season, which documented players at East Mississippi Community College as they tried to secure scholarships to Division I schools. Things have finally paid off for Ollie, as he has signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent.
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The 6’2″, nearly 300-pound television star became a hit among fans during the first season of the Netflix docuseries. He left EMCC following the 2015 season and was with Nicholls State for the 2016 campaign. He then took a year off from football before returning last season, when he tallied five sacks, 12.5 tackles for a loss, two fumble recoveries and a blocked kick in 12 games.
Ollie will head to a Raiders team that spent most of its 2019 NFL Draft taking players from Alabama and Clemson. The defensive lineman obviously comes from a much different college football background, though he’s had little trouble beating the odds before. Considering the Raiders finished 2018 last in sacks with just 13, they could use Ollie’s talents to increase those numbers from last season.
Although his rise through the ranks makes a great story, he also showed over the past few years that he could be an impact player on the field.