In 2018, Houston-area defensive tackle Dominic Livingston was a top get for the LSU Tigers football program.
In 2019, Livingston is a top get for Kilgore College football and for coach Willie Gooden.
Livingston – a very large young man at 6-foot-3, 350 pounds – announced Monday that he is transferring from LSU to enroll here at Kilgore College in the fall, where he will most assuredly help the Rangers plug their defensive front.
Livingston, a 2018 graduate at Aldine Davis High School, was one of the top defensive tackles in the nation coming out of Davis a year ago, recruited by several programs, including Texas A&M and obviously, LSU. He had originally committed verbally to A&M, then decommitted, and wound up signing to be an LSU Tiger.
Livingston didn’t play at LSU in his only season there. According to a brief bio on the LSU football website, the Sports Administration major was ranked as the 34th defensive tackle in the nation coming out of high school and the 62nd-overall prospect
in the state of Texas by 247sports.com.
Not long after the 2018 season ended, however, the big defensive tackle apparently began to have second thoughts about his decision, and entered the NCAA’s new transfer portal in February.
Livingston told 247sports.com’s Chris Hummer Monday that he was happy with his decision to come to KC.
“Everything is going good,” Livingston said. “I will play a semester at Kilgore and go from there. …LSU just didn’t feel like home. I’m just trying to be at a place that I feel like it’s home.”
Hopefully, Livingston will feel at home here in the friendly confines of R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium, where an awful lot of winning has been done. KC is arguably the most tradition-rich junior college in Texas, with the winningest football program in the state, and of course, the Rangerettes, which are recognizable throughout the nation.
Gooden, himself a former Ranger, was an assistant with KC for 12 years before being named the interim coach after the departure of longtime coach J.J. Eckert, who went back home to Oklahoma for a college coaching career. Gooden was offered and eventually accepted the head coaching title.
KC went 10-2 last year, won both the regular season and playoff championships in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference, beat archrival Tyler Junior College twice, and won the TIPS-CHAMPS Heart of Texas Bowl, beating Pima (Ariz.) in December.
KC already figured to have another good season, and Livingston’s transfer here gives the Rangers’ players and coaches one more boost.