EMCC wideout receives first offer

After transferring to East Mississippi, WR J.T. Tolbert (6-0, 170) took a bit of a backseat to the other talent in the Lions' receiver corps. He still played a role in helping EMCC to a National Championship following the 2013 football season and has seen recruiting pick up over the past couple of weeks...

After graduating from Norcross (Ga.) High School, Tolbert had expected to sign with Valdosta State, but was unable to qualify, so he headed to Ellsworth and played there as a freshman in 2012, hauling in 51 catches for 753 yards and seven scores.

He decided to transfer to EMCC last summer, hoping to be closer to home.

"I just wanted to get closer to my home and my family," Tolbert told JCFootball.com back in the summer. "Ellsworth was great, but I just needed to get back down to the south."

So, this past fall, Tolbert, instead of being the featured receiver as he was at Ellsworth, played a minor, but still involved role for the Lions, hauling in 10 receptions for 127 yards in 11 games.

Once his film started to get out, schools started to call back in December and he said in a message recently that he received his first offer.

"Georgia State has offered me," Tolbert said. "Florida International, Illinois, Colorado State and Valdosta State are all interested."

He has yet to set up any visits, but that will likely happen the final two weekends of January.

Tolbert is on pace to graduate in May and he will have three years to play two starting this fall.

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