16 Rico Tolefree
Rico  Tolefree


Richmond, Calif.

High School:
DeAnza HS

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 223



AT SAN JOSE STATE: First season with the Spartans... Starts his major college career as a linebacker hopeful... Signed a National Letter-of-Intent in February 2017... Pronounces his last name as Toll-free.

HIGH SCHOOL: A two-time, first-team All-Tri County Athletic League pick for DeAnza High (Coach Tyree Reed) in El Sobrante, Calif. ... Played linebacker, tight end, wide receiver and running back and was used as a long snapper in one game his senior season... Two-sport letterwinner played on the basketball team as a sophomore... Honor roll student... Belonged to the DeAnza chess club and the Black Student Union.

MORE ON RICO: Has not declared a major... Has a rich baritone voice... Interested in a broadcasting career... Enjoys writing poetry and rap lyrics... Likes action movies and lists "Friday Night Lights," "When the Game Stands Tall" and the "Batman" series as his favorites... Eldridge Tolefree, his dad, is a Bay Area blues singer known as "Big Cat" Tolefree... Was a back-up vocalist for Ray Charles, Gladys Knight and Luther Vandross... Rico is a Berkeley, Calif., native.