Darius Philon sat on stage in front of his friends and peers at Vigor High School in Mobile, Ala., with a crimson Alabama baseball cap sitting in front of him.
This moment, on national signing day in 2012, is supposed to be one of the happiest for a high school football star such as Philon. It’s when he’ll tell everyone in the community that he’ll be going to his dream school — his hometown school.
It’s when he’ll tell everyone he’s accepted a scholarship to attend Alabama.
But things don’t always go as planned. And that moment, it was one of the hardest days of Philon’s life.
“At the time, that day was horrible for me,” the defensive tackle said this week as he...