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Fort Mill’s Mike Debbout will be heading to Coker University to play lacrosse. Debbout didn’t thing lacrosse was in his future until Coker reached out.

FORT MILL – After having his senior season end due to the coronavirus canceling spring sports, Mike Debbout didn’t think he would have another chance to play lacrosse. He was wrong.

Debbout will be playing lacrosse next year at Coker University in Hartsville. The 18-year-old defender was planning on going to Clemson University to be a student and leave athletics behind.

However, coaches with Coker came to a game of his when he was playing with Fort Mill and things changed from there. When Debbout got that initial offer, he decided to take it.

“I met with the coach and he is a really good guy,” Debbout said. “I met some of the guys that play there and they seem to love it.”

Debbout has been playing lacrosse for 11 years. He played football and basketball in middle school, but said once he started playing lacrosse, he found he was better at the sport than he was at either football or basketball.

“It is my favorite sport,” he said.

Debbout was part of the 2019 5A state champion Fort Mill lacrosse team and felt this year’s squad had just as good of a chance to repeat.

“I think we would have had it,” he said. “Wando (lower state powerhouse) was down this year. We had an opportunity to do it but we got let down.”

Debbout said he doesn’t feel robbed of his senior season, because he now gets to play in college.

“I will still get to play some next year,” he said.

He plans on majoring in business at Coker.

Mac Banks:, @fortprep