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  • Ollison signs with SBU

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  • Camdenton, Mo. – Add another name to the list of Camdenton seniors signing to play college sports next year.
    Camdenton senior Elijah Ollison signed with Southwest Baptist University on Monday, committing to the Bearcats to play football as a defensive back.
    "I'm just feeling so blessed to be in this position, to have another opportunity to keep playing the sport I love," Ollison said after signing. "I was kind of nervous, hoping to get the opportunity, and then I got this position at SBU. I'm really excited, but ready to move on to the next level."
    The talented defender was a huge part of the Lakers' success this season, as he recorded 60 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. The Purple Haze had a stellar season, giving up just 14.3 points per game.
    Ollison also worked as a running back and receiver this season, recording two touchdown receptions on the year.
    Coach Shore says that Ollison's playing style, most notably his hard-hitting on defense, was all the proof needed to land Ollison at SBU.
    "I think the number one thing that sticks out when thinking of Elijah is his hitting," Coach Shore said. "Ever since he was a sophomore, you would hear that loud whack, that crunch and think 'Oh, Ollison's hit somebody'. He has that extra pop, and I don't know how to describe it. He comes with a little more of a viciousness. You can always tell when he's hit somebody."
    But Shore also noted that there's more to it than just that.
    "On top of that, he's worked really hard. He's been really disciplined and made himself into the best player he can be," Coach Shore said. "He's left nothing on the table, and that translated into a really great senior year. He had a great season, and ended with a really great 4-5 game stretch."
    Coach Shore says that what SBU is going to get from Ollison is three tremendous aspects of his playing.
    "First, he's going to work like crazy, he'll always be there working," Coach Shore said. "Second, he's going to play hard all of the time, and nothing is going to get to him and do the things he needs to do. The last thing is his toughness. He's just a really tough kid."
    There's even some history with his family and the school, not to mention between the Lakers and the school.
    "My Grandpa went there, Coach Foulk went there, so there's some history there," Coach Shore said. "I visited the campus, and just really loved everything about. I really liked the coaches, and now that they're moving to a new conference, thre's a lot better opportunity to compete at a higher level, so I'm just really excited. The program is up-and-coming, so it'll be exciting to be there."
    Page 2 of 2 - SBU will be looking to utilize Ollison as a defensive back, probably a safety, but Ollison says that while he may be moving on, he'll always remember his time as a Laker.
    "Being a Laker was just an amazing experience, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. You watch all of those high school football moves like Friday Night Lights, and you think 'Oh, that's not real, that's not how it is', but really, when you look back, you'll never be able to replace the memories of playing with your best friends for your whole life," Ollison said. "I just really appreciate it, the love of all my coaches and all of the opportunities I was given. I just feel very blessed to have played somewhere as tradition-based as Camdenton, it was a great as a Laker. I'll never forget it."

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