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Desert Ridge’s Tomerlin Signs NLI with Ottawa U

Desert Ridge’s Tomerlin Signs NLI with Ottawa U

| by Andrew Luberda | Posted in STV News, STV Schools, STV Sports

Desert Ridge High School senior Bobby Tomerlin was one of six Jaguars’ football players to sign his National Letter of Intent on Feb. 7 during a signing event hosted at the school.

Tomerlin, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker, signed with in-state Ottawa University, which is located nearby in Surprise.

“I chose Ottawa University because they are the only school that is willing to give me a shot and they believe in me,” Tomerlin answered when asked why he signed with the Spirit. “I'm not going to let them down.”

According to Tomerlin, Ottawa coaches want him to compete at middle linebacker. His experience playing for Jaguars head coach Jeremy Hathcock proved to be beneficial.

“Competing at Desert Ridge High School taught me toughness and how to compete for what I want,” Tomerlin said. “(I won’t) let anything stop me from reaching my goals.”

After moving from Superior in 2008, during the middle of second grade, Tomerlin has persevered in pursuit of “trying to fulfill my dad’s big shoes in playing college football and becoming a man.”

Desert Ridge head coach Jeremy Hathcock (left) and Bobby Tomerlin (right).

Hathcock described his senior linebacker as an “overcomer.”

“Bobby is a very driven individual,” Hathcock told STV Daily PRSS. “No matter what the obstacle, (he) faced it fearlessly.”

“His passion for football and his ability to focus will help him succeed at the next level.”

Tomerlin remains undecided on an area of study at Ottawa but is anxious to start the next chapter of his life. He hopes it includes developing relationships like those he experienced as a member of the Jaguars’ program.

“I am looking forward to opening up another exciting chapter in my life, and making a brotherhood and family,” he said. “Just like I did at Desert Ridge.”

What can the younger players in the Jaguars’ program learn from Tomerlin?

“Bobby is leaving a legacy of hard work,” Hathcock responded. “Our players have learned that no matter the obstacles Bobby faced in life, he didn’t shy away. He looked at a challenge as an opportunity to get better. To rise to the occasion regardless of what it is.”

That’s the Spirit, Bobby.

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