Lions’ pride is in full cry with the selection of Louisa County High School’s Brandon Smith, a linebacker, as the Gatorade Virginia State Player of the Year.

He’s also ranked the No. 14 recruit in the country — the country — by 247Sports.com, and next month will play in the Under Armour All American Game.

That’s impressive, of course.

But Brandon seems to be the total package — not just a standout football player, but a good student and a good citizen as well.

He maintained a 3.30 grade average, served as an elementary school mentor, and volunteered with local youth sports programs.

His statement upon winning the award displayed both gratitude and generosity.

Sure, sports stars often are expected to show poise before the public and exhibit a team spirit, sharing credit with others, on and off the field. But they don’t always meet those standards.

As only a senior in high school, Brandon seems already to have mastered that skill as well.

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