BATON ROUGE, La. – Every month, FOX 44 partners with the LHSAA to tell the stories of sportsmanship in Louisiana high school athletics. Parkview Baptist’s DeSanto Rollins is December’s award winner. Rollins is listed at 6’4″, 290 lbs., but his character shows that he’s a gentle giant.

“He’s come out his shell so much. I’m still trying to get that uncaged animal. If I can get that when he’s playing football and basketball and then he goes back to being nice and soft spoken off the court,” Eagles head basketball coach Jermaine Williams said.

Rollins cam to Parkview his junior year after Trinity Episcopal shut down, but transferring schools hasn’t been his only adversity. The 19-year-old lost his father to a heart attack when he was just 12.

“Since then it’s been pretty hard for me, but over time, I’ve kind of gotten over it. My mom, she’s been there for me ever since then. She’s really grown me into who I’ve become today, and I couldn’t thank her enough,” Rollins said.

Rollins is committed to Ole Miss to play football and is excited to begin his career as a Rebel.

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