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West Laurens football players Tyler Pool and Demario White ensured

Tuesday that they’ll remain teammates for years to come, as they signed to

play football at Cumberland University this fall.

Their decisions to sign on with the NAIA school in Cumberland, Tenn.

give West Laurens five players from this year’s football team moving to the

next level.

Pool and White will be joined by classmates A.J. Wright (Georgia State),

Thor Pate (Rhodes College) and Ty Harrington (LaGrange) in the college ranks

next year.

“I’ve been dreaming about this ever since I was four or five years old,

playing flag football,” said Poole, a two-year starter at cornerback for the

Raiders who was named first-team all-region at the end of last season.

White said he and Pool visited the school on April 5, after several weeks

of contact with Cumberland coaches.

“The atmosphere (at Cumberland) is really nice,” said White, a second-

team all-region lineman who said he turned down a walk-on opportunity at

Georgia Southern to take the Bulldogs’ offer. “It almost seemed like high

school. It’s not too big, but it’s not too small.”

Both players are set to play defense at Cumberland (Pool at corner, White

at defensive tackle) and will be given a chance to play immediately, said John

Pate, who coached the pair last season.

“Tyler was our only first-team all-region player this year, and he led us

in interceptions,” Pate said. “It eventually got to where people just wouldn’t

throw his way. He was a real lockdown player for us.

“And Demario was just a dominant player on both sides. I really thought

he might have a chance at a I-AA scholarship, but in this scenario, he’s got a

shot to play right now.”

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