By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — When Taboris Lee steps foot onto the turf of the Cramton Bowl here on Saturday morning to begin warming up for the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic, it will the turning of a new page for the Choctaw County High School senior.
“I am just really excited,” said Lee a 6-foot-1, 280-pound defensive lineman. “It’s an honor to play in that game. It says a lot about me, my team and my school. You have some really good players that will be there.”
CCHS head football coach Adam Dillinger says that not only is Lee one of those “good” players, but that he is just going to get better.
“Once he gets to college and he gets to the point that is is concentrating on just one position he is really going to blossom,” sad Dillinger, who has coached Lee since the seventh grade. “He has always been a hard worker, so that’s not going to be a problem. He’s going to do what he’s asked to do and do what needs to be done to get better.”
Lee has verbally committed to play for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, but won’t be able to sign a scholarship with the Sun Belt Conference school until February according to NCAA rules.
“I rally like it down there,” Lee said of Lafayette, La. “It’s is kind of country and the campus is nice and it looks like a nice play to be. They have great coaches and I really liked them.”
Lee is not the only Choctaw County Charger chosen to play in an all-star game, as Tre Brown and Paxton Sims will both take part in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Game in Gulfport on Dec. 21. Articles on Brown and Sims will appear in next week’s Plaindealer.
“That is a big honor for a small school,” Dillinger said. “It’s good that our guys can be recognized for what they have done. We are proud of all of them.”
Size has never been a problem for Lee.
“He was always bigger and stronger than the rest of them,” Dillinger said of Lee. “He is a great kid and is as good a person as he is a football player. He is one of those guys you don’t have to worry about. He is gong to take care of his business.”
While Lee may be naturally big, he has worked hard to become stronger.
“I have been playing football since pee wee,” he said. “In the seventh grade I really started liking it and began lifting weights and got bigger.”
He played linebacker during his junior high years, before moving to the line for his high school career. He started for Ackerman High School as a freshman, after breaking his ankle as an eighth grader.
He said it was between his sophomore and junior years that he being to think seriously about the possibility of playing football on the college level.
“I started going to camps and just began working harder at it,” he said.
Lee also received scholarship offers from Northwestern (La.) State and the University of Akron, before deciding on ULL. He said at this point he is firm with his decision and is unsure whether or not he will take any other official visits.
Among other players of local interest who will be on the Mississippi Team for the Mississippi-Alabama Classics on Saturday are quarterback Wyatt Roberts and linebacker Jeremy Sangster of Louisville High School. Kick off for the game is set for noon and will be televised on WTVA.