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From the May 11, 2016 issue
By Richard Harris
   The wait is finally over for Marion County High School star football player Lorenzo Smothers. The senior signed a football scholarship with Itawamba Community College (a junior college in Fulton, Mississippi) last Thursday in a special ceremony at MCHS.
   Smothers is unquestionably the most exciting player in the history of the successful Marion County football program, having gained 6,700 all-purpose yards and scored 80 touchdowns. He has garnered multiple honors, from Region 4A Player of the Year to being named to the All-State Team and various All-Star teams.
   Smothers had been hoping to land at a big-time Division I university and while he caught the eye of several of them, none decided to take a chance on the 5' 8" and 150 pounder who falls well below the size of athletes such programs normally target.
   He said going through the recruiting process was the hardest thing he's been through, but added that he asked God to lead him, kept faith, and is at peace with how it all turned out.
   "There was a time when I thought ... The rest of the story.