Garett Eldred, an Outreach Ambassador and football player at San Diego Mesa College,
will transfer to Mississippi Valley State University for the Fall 2017 semester.
Eldred will continue his studies as a physical fitness major at MVSU, where he was
offered a full ride scholarship to join the Division I football team. He hopes to
become a physical fitness teacher and football coach.
While attending Mesa College, Eldred was a member of the Outreach Ambassador team,
a group of representatives for the school who work with students to promote higher
education. They also function as peer mentors, and inform incoming high school students
about financial aid programs and other resources.
“It is a joy to be a part of Student Outreach – it granted me opportunities to take
advantage of a lot of other benefits on campus,” Eldred said.
Recruited by Mesa’s football Head Coach Peter Lofthouse and Defensive Backs’ Coach
Jermaine McDonald, he came to Mesa after graduating from George Walton Comprehensive
High School in Marietta, Georgia.
Eldred played safety for the Olympians during the 2016 season, during which he made
32 tackles, 19 solo tackles and 13 assists with an average of four tackles per game.
Though the team’s overall record for the season was 3-7, Eldred said he is optimistic
about how the Olympian football team will do next year.
“The football program still has a long way to go, but I think that Coach Peter Lofthouse
has things moving in the right direction,” Eldred said. “I am excited about the players
that will be returning next year – I think they’re going to do a great job and have
a lot of success.”
Though he is happy to be moving a little closer to home, Eldred said that Mesa has
been fundamental in helping him to grow as both an athlete and a student.
“I chose Mesa because Coach Lofthouse and Coach McDonald were very serious about academics,
and that was one of the main things that they harped on when recruiting me,” Eldred
said. “That was very impressive to me that they cared so much about that – it’s almost
as if they cared more about that than the football team. I thought that that was a
key factor that would be very important for my success.”
For more information about football at Mesa College, contact Head Coach Peter Lofthouse
at (619) 388-5808, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Athletics webpage at http://www.gosdmesa.com. For more information about Outreach, stop by I4-101 or call (619) 388-2230.
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