'Last Chance U' star Ronald Ollie inks deal with Raiders

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Ronald Ollie (72) transferred to Nicholls State after his time at East Mississippi Community College, the school featured on the first two seasons of Netflix series Last Chance U. (Getty Images)
Ronald Ollie (72) transferred to Nicholls State after his time at East Mississippi Community College, the school featured on the first two seasons of Netflix series Last Chance U. (Getty Images)

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. Ollie, a charismatic defensive tackle with a tragic backstory, landed at Nicholls State, an FCS program in Louisiana.

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Ollie performed well at Nicholls, and subsequently earned a spot in Oakland Raiders’ rookie minicamp — but only on a tryout basis. Ollie, who went undrafted in the 2019 NFL draft, was able to parlay that tryout into a contract with the Raiders.

Ollie, listed at 6-foot-2 and 292 pounds by the Raiders, played two seasons at Nicholls. He totaled 41 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in 2016. After a year away from the game, he returned to the team in 2018 and was a Southland Conference honorable mention selection with 33 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and five sacks.

Ollie is the second “Last Chance U” alum to link up with an NFL team in recent weeks.

Dakota Allen, a linebacker, was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the seventh round. Allen signed with Texas Tech out of high school but was dismissed from the program after a burglary arrest. He then moved on to EMCC to rehabilitate his career and was able to return to Texas Tech, where he was a team captain his last two seasons.

In three seasons for the Red Raiders, Allen totaled 249 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and four interceptions.

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