AT SAN JOSE STATE: Second season with the Spartans... A linebacker hopeful... Signed a National Letter-of-Intent in February 2017... Pronounces his last name as Toll-free.
2017: Played in the final 12 games of the season as a reserve linebacker and special teams contributor... His one tackle for the season came on a third-down running play at Texas (9/9).
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: A business marketing 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... The late Eldridge Tolefree, his dad, was a Bay Area blues singer known as "Big Cat" Tolefree and served a back-up vocalist for musical icons Ray Charles, Gladys Knight and Luther Vandross... Rico is a Berkeley, Calif., native.