Signing Day Spotlight: Darion DeBrossard

Darion DeBrossard of Shiloh (Snellville, Ga.) High School, signed with the Vanderbilt University on Wednesday. Look inside for a photo and quotes from DeBrossard.

Darion DeBrossard Profile

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive lineman committed to the Commodores on Friday, November 21st to his future position Coach Keven Lightner.

"During the season Vanderbilt started showing vast interest in me. 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."

DeBrossard chose Vanderbilt over offers from Alcorn State, Brown, Furman, Georgia State, North Carolina A&T, Penn, Southern, St. Francis (Pa.) and a late run by Louisville.

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. 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."

DeBrossard is the son of Kimberlyn DeBrossard. This past season, his first season of varsity football, he started nine games for the Generals at left tackle and had 30 pancakes. He is the Beta Club president, participated in Shiloh's theater program and plays the piano. DeBrossard also lettered in basketball and track and field. He earned Shiloh's Scholar Athlete award and was a Governor's Honors finalist. Top Stories