COPPERAS COVE — Julian Doubleday is moving to Abilene, while Demarkos White is relocating to California. Both of the Copperas Cove football players feel like they are going home, though.
The pair of Bulldawgs signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers during a joint signing ceremony with seven other Copperas Cove athletes at the school’s gymnasium Monday morning.
Doubleday, a linebacker, will play at McMurry University, and White, a District 8-5A All-District Second Team selection, will play for Cabrillo College in Aptos, Cal.
Despite heading in separate directions after helping the Bulldawgs reach the playoffs for a ninth consecutive year during their senior seasons, the pair already feels at ease at their respective destinations.
“It just felt like home,” Doubleday said of his visit to the War Hawks’ campus. “It was like another home, and that is what I was looking for in a college.”
White, who led the Bulldawgs in interceptions this season with four, agreed.
“Cabrillo is a small college, but it is a good college, and I feel at home (there),” the defensive back said. “I just felt comfortable.”
Teammate Devon West, who also signed with Cabrillo on Monday, and Bulldawgs’ offensive lineman Israel Hamm, who committed to the college in April, will join White on the Seahawks’ roster.
A trio of basketball players also participated in the ceremony. The Lady Bulldawgs’ tandem of Shawnte’ Goff and Jasmine Johnson will play for the University of Texas–Pan American and Collin County Community College, respectively.
While excited to start a new chapter, Johnson knows things will not be the same.
“(The other Lady Bulldawgs) are like my sisters,” the guard said. “Our bond on and off the court was amazing. … I don’t think I’ll ever find another team like that.”
Johnson, who ranked third on the team in scoring last season while making more 3-pointers than anyone on the roster, served as an ideal complement to Goff’s penetrating style of play. Goff will play for the Broncs after averaging 14.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.1 steals as a senior, leading the Lady Bulldawgs back to the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
Bulldawgs guard Deion Robinson signed to play basketball for Mountain View College in Dallas, where he could have an opportunity to make an immediate impact with the team.
“From the get-go, (head coach LeRoi Phillips) really wanted me, and he told me I’d be a key component and possibly the leading scorer next season,” Robinson said. “That seemed pretty promising. It feels good to (know there is) somebody watching you.”
Dylan Cooper will suit up for Manhattan Christian College (Kan.), where he will play baseball along side his brother Dustin Cooper, who signed in February.
“It will be cool to be able to continue playing with him,” Dylan Cooper said.
Elbert Holmes also took part in the ceremony, signing to wrestle for Wayland Baptist, while Jared White will join Southwestern Christian College’s track program. Both admit they are looking forward to challenging themselves at the next level.
“I’ve been wrestling since my freshman year, and I’ve been good at it,” Holmes said. “I feel I’m ready to go there and compete.”
“I’m going to be nervous until the first time I step out on that track,” added White, who runs the 200-meter dash and the 400. “Then it will go away because this is something I love to do.”
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