Just days after a fire largely destroyed the Edgard home he grew up in, former Destrehan High School football star Donovan Isom declared he is transferring from the University of Utah to Southeastern Louisiana University.
Isom tweeted on July 15, “Excited about the new opportunities and being closer to home. Proud to say I will be attending SLU.”
The 6-foot-5, 235-pound quarterback will be eligible to play immediately due to SLU’s status as an FCS school. He has all of his years of eligibility remaining after redshirting as a freshman at Utah.
Isom took the Louisiana prep landscape by storm in his senior season at Destrehan. He passed for 2,600 yards, 33 touchdowns and a scant two interceptions. He rushed for 530 yards and nine touchdowns. Destrehan went 12-2 that season and reached the Class 5A semifinals.
The move to Southeastern was born from a desire to be closer to his family and home after a fire destroyed his mother’s home of more than 36 years in early July.
“I got a call from my sister around 2 a.m.,” Isom said in the ensuing days of the fire. “I knew getting a call from a family member at that time isn’t good news … She was crying. I couldn’t sleep after that.”