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East County Athlete of the Week: Lucas Despot

The Braden River High quarterback received his first offer from Shorter University on June 25.

Braden River High rising senior quarterback Lucas Despot received his first offer from Shorter University on June 25.
Braden River High rising senior quarterback Lucas Despot received his first offer from Shorter University on June 25.
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Lucas Despot is a rising senior quarterback at Braden River High. Despot received his first collegiate offer from Shorter University (Rome, Georgia) on June 25. Despot, who is 6-foot-2, threw for 1,619 yards, 18 touchdowns and five interceptions as a junior in 2023. 

When did you start playing football?

I started when I was 4. I honestly don't remember a time when I was not playing football. My entire family played football and watches football. I loved it from the moment I tried it. I have always wanted to play at the next level. 

What is the appeal to you?

I love the team factor of football. You cannot be selfish and win games. You need to play together. 

What is your best skill?

Being a leader. I tend to lead by example. I try to be the first person at every practice and I try to win every competition we have. When everyone trusts you to work hard, it makes everything else easier. 

What have you been working to improve?

I'm trying to improve my football IQ. Things like reading defenses and seeing how to pick them apart. The textbook stuff. 

What is your favorite football memory?

When I was in fourth grade, I got to play at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, at halftime of a Buccaneers game, through the East Manatee Bulldogs program. I ran in a 30-yard touchdown in front of the whole crowd. 

What has the recruiting process been like for you?

It has been slow, to be honest. I'm trying to go to different camps and get in front of people for exposure. But getting that first offer (from Shorter University) helps. I got that call at 9 a.m. and it made my whole day. I was just filled with joy. 

What is your favorite food?

New York strip, medium rare. It's the only way to get it done. 

What is your favorite movie?

I'll go with "Interstellar."

What is your favorite school subject?

History. It has always come naturally to me. 

What are your hobbies?

I like to play 'Madden.' My go-to team is the Indianapolis Colts. I actually lived in Indiana before moving here the summer before second grade. I also like to play pickleball with my friends.

What is the best advice you have received?

Hard work beats talent any day of the week. That always stuck with me. I don't always throw the ball the farthest or the fastest but I can work harder than anyone else, regardless of their skill level. 

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Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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