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Will five-star DT Maason Smith leave Louisiana?
Will five-star DT Maason Smith leave Louisiana? (Julie Boudwin)

Is Lawson the next Derrick Brooks?

Mobile Christian head coach Ronnie Cottrell has been very high on his star player, Deontae Lawson, for a long time. The Alabama commitment completed his high school career last week in a loss to American Christian. Coach Cottrell, who was an assistant coach at Alabama and Florida State, was thankful for the years he coached Lawson.

"I don't know if I will ever have a guy like Deontae again," Coach Cottrell said. "He is such a special player. He reminds me of some of the greats we had at Florida State and Alabama. He is great leader.

"He was more vocal this year. He isn't a guy who is going to talk all the time, but when he says something you listen. He is such a dynamic leader. Whenever we needed to make a play he made them.

""Deontae is very athletic. He came to Mobile Christian in the 9th grade as a baseball player. He also ended up being one of the top basketball players on the team. His record as a football player here is well documented. I haven't seen anything he can't do."

Coach Cottrell compared Lawson to former FSU great and 11-time NFL Pro Bowler Derrick Brooks earlier this year. He mentioned the comparison again on Friday morning.

"He reminds me so much of Derrick Brooks as far as his priorities- academics, personal life and family," his coach said. "He never missed anything here. The things important to him are important to coaches. I think when we gets in that system in college he is really going to take advantage of his opportunities."

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