DeBrossard commits to his "dream school"

Darion DeBrossard's football career began in his senior year of high school and it won't stop there. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive lineman out of Shiloh High School in Snellville, Ga., committed to Vanderbilt on Friday, November 21st to his future position Coach Keven Lightner. DeBrossard gave VandyMania.com an in-depth look into his decision.

"During the season Vanderbilt started showing vast interest in me," DeBrossard said. "I went up to Nashville for the Old Dominion game on November 1st. It was on November 18th, last Tuesday, when they decided to extend the offer. I talked with my recruiter, Coach Bankins, who said they loved me as a player. He said I reminded them of Michael Oher of "The Blind Side." The staff at Vanderbilt isn't just looking for anybody. The players they're recruiting are men of character and a little on the intellectual side. They want guys who they can trust off the football field to do the right thing. Vanderbilt isn't a place you go to as a backup plan. They want players who want to be there who will come in and work hard in the program.

"To be honest, the offer is a dream come true for me because Vanderbilt has been my dream school since the ninth grade. I love how competitive the school is academically. It's been called by some 'The Ivy League of the South.' I was looking for that perfect marriage of football and academics for college and Vanderbilt definitely has it.

"I thought a long time about the decision. Although Vanderbilt was my 'dream school' I had really started to like Mercer and their amazing coaching staff. I was being recruited by many of the Ivy League colleges, the U.S. Naval Academy, Mississippi State had been showing a lot of interest, and just received an offer from San Diego State. After talking it over with my family, we all agreed Vanderbilt was the best place for me. I called Coach Lightner right before he boarded the plane for Starkville and told him my decision was made, that I never wanted anything so bad in my life, to be at Vanderbilt. He got pretty excited."

DeBrossard always wanted to be on the gridiron but suffered from petit mal (or absence) seizures before being medically cleared this season to play at Shiloh in the metro Atlanta area. He stepped right into the starting role at left tackle and hasn't looked back since.

"When the neurologist cleared me to play it was one of the best days of my entire life," he said. "I've tried to make the most of the opportunity, playing every play as if it's my last. We didn't have the best year as a team. Region Eight in Georgia is like the SEC of high school football in Gwinnett County. We went up against great teams every week. Individually, I felt like I played a big part in our wins and had a pretty good season as a whole at left tackle.

"The Vanderbilt coaches said, after they watched my senior film, they loved the speed and the movement I showed for someone my size. I know I can't stop now. My plan is to keep working hard to be ready when I arrive on campus next June. I couldn't be more excited to have that opportunity in front of me. Instead of a four year decision, I made a 40 year decision. That's the way I look at it."

DeBrossard, a gifted athlete, has played basketball and track & field at Shiloh. He posted one of the top scores in the powerball toss at a Nike Football Training Camp in Atlanta and was recruited shortly thereafter by the track & field coach for the shotput and discuss.

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