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Brookhaven’s Clopton commits to Southern Miss

Brookhaven High School senior offensive lineman Trace Clopton has committed to play college football at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Clopton made his announcement late Sunday evening on Twitter while visiting Hattiesburg.

“First off, I’d like to thank God. Without Him, none of this would be possible,” Clopton tweeted. “He’s blessed me with far more than I could ever deserve. I want to thank my family for supporting me through the process and every decision I’ve made. I want to thank the Brookhaven family for building me up and pushing me to always fight for something more. We’ve been through so much together, and it’s only pulled us closer. I can never thank you enough for all you’ve done for me. Without further ado I am proud to announce I am committing to the University of Southern Mississippi! I can’t wait to be a part of what the coaching staff is bringing back to USM!”

The website 247sports.com has Clopton ranked as the 29th best senior football player in the state. He was also considering the University of Mississippi and the University of Memphis before committing to USM.

So far in 2017, he has recorded 40 pancake blocks and even stopped a pair of field goal attempts on special teams.

Clopton’s Panthers — coached by his father, Tommy Clopton — are 9-1 and undefeated in regional play this season. They will finish their season at West Jones Friday night at 7 p.m. and host a first round playoff game the following week.