Player: Darius Lipford
Position: Safety, linebacker, wide receiver and return specialist
School: Hibriten High School
Location: Lenoir, N.C.
College/Scholarships: Has committed to attend Duke and has also received offers from Clemson, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Career Highlights: Earned all-Caldwell County and all-Catawba Valley Athletic Conference honors in football, basketball and track. Named to the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team and defensive player of the year for the Panthers. Garnered recognition as the most valuable player for the school's basketball team, Caldwell County Track Athlete of the Year and Catawba Valley Athletic Conference Track Performer of the Year.
Community Service: Will speak about his success as a student-athlete and the importance of character at the 2009 D.A.R.E. program for Caldwell County fifth graders.
Quote: "Above all else, I love to serve others. What better way to give back to the community than community service? To see other people happy and given an opportunity to succeed really makes me feel like I'm helping a good cause."