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Inside the BRD: Bruton High football star Kapri Doucet will play for Lackawanna College, then likely at JMU

Attending Lackawanna College helped former Bruton High star Lorenzo Taliaferro plenty. The two-year school in Pennsylvania will get the opportunity to advance the fortunes of Bruton's latest football star: 2014 graduate Kapri Doucet.

Lackawanna assistant coach Josh Pardini announced via Twitter on Tuesday that Doucet would be joining the program. Tracy Harrod, who coached Doucet, a Group 2A All-State selection and four-time All-Bay Rivers District pick,  confirmed that Doucet would be going there to play outside linebacker.

Doucet committed in September to play on scholarship at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, but, Harrod said, needed a little higher standardized test score to qualify academically. Harrod said that James Madison said it will honor its scholarship offer when Doucet graduates from Lackawanna.

That acutally puts him ahead of where Taliaferro was at when he attended Lackawanna. Taliaferro, a running back drafted recently in the fourth round by the NFL Baltimore Ravens, did not have a scholarship offer when he went to Lackawanna and was not recruited by Coastal Carolina until near the end of his sophomore school year in which he starred at running back.

The rest is history. Following his graduation for Lackawanna, Taliaferro went on to earn FCS All-American honors at Coastal Carolina University - leading the Chanticleers to the FCS playoff semifinals - and earned an undergraduate degree.

"He's got a good example to follow in Lorenzo," Harrod said of Doucet. "He just needs to go there, stay focused and get the job done.

"We were just looking for the right fit for Kapri, and no doubt familiarity with Lackawanna played a part. Zo got there and accomplished the things he wanted to accomplish.

"Lackawanna's coaches said they expect Kapri to go there and push guys for (game) reps early on."

Doucet, the 2A East Defensive Back of the Year in 2013, had a huge senior season in leading Bruton to an 8-4 record. He had 88 tackles, including 10 for loss, in addition to tallying eight sacks, six forced fumbles and two interceptions.

On the offensive side of the ball he rushed for more than 1,000 yards and had more than 500 yards receiving. During the winter, Doucet played a starring on the Bruton basketball team, which won the regional title and advanced to the 2A state championship game.

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