The Nicholls State University football team scored a big commitment recently from one of the area's top seniors in the Class of 2021.
Ellender senior TyShaun Hester announced that he's a future Colonel, a big-time get for Coach Tim Rebowe and staff.
Hester has one season left at Ellender and is fresh off an injury-plagued junior season, but one in which he was highly effective while on the field.
"He's a heck of a football player," former Ellender head coach and current South Terrebonne coach David McCormick said last year of Hester. "He does anything you ask and he is so skilled and so athletic. He's a big-time difference maker for us."
That versatility is what landed Hester his spot at the next level.
Hester stands 5-foot, 11-inches and weighs 175 pounds. He had other offers from regional schools, but said he chose Nicholls because it felt like family.
On the field, he does just about everything for Ellender. In his junior season, he spent time at quarterback, running back and receiver. Defensively, Hester plays defensive back, and in the return game, he's also a threat.
Hester was beat up in the back-end of the 2019 season, and Ellender's season was never the same once he went down.
But he has a full season remaining with the Patriots and with new coach Jesse Turner at the helm, everyone in Patriots' land is excited about what's ahead.
With Nicholls, Hester said he can play either offense or defense and will do whatever the coaches ask of him.