Ree Drummond, todd drummond

Ree Drummond, todd drummond

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Ree Drummond‘s youngest son Todd is flying away from the nest.

The Pioneer Woman creator, 53, saw her son off at the University of South Dakota over the weekend, where he will continue his football career with the Coyotes.

In a post shared on her Instagram Story, Drummond posed for a selfie in a car, as Todd could be seen behind her in a red University of South Dakota shirt.

“Made it to SD yesterday,” she wrote with the snapshot. “GO YOTES! (and go Todd).”

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Drummond recalled on her blog how her son committed to the university just one day after a campus visit.

She said he immediately took a liking to the coaching staff and athletic facilities, and on the drive home he “couldn’t stop raving about the school and the football program.” Todd then had a signing ceremony on Dec. 21 while the family was on vacation in Vail.

Later in the day, she posted a few more snaps of their goodbye, along with the message, “Said bye to our baby today. We couldn’t love him more. I keep zooming in on his eyelashes in the first pic. Todd, I’ll miss your eyelashes so much! Go have an awesome experience and keep bein’ yourself, son. Go Yotes!”

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Over the years, she has praised her son on social media for his hard work in the sport.

In 2021, she wrote

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