By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
Louisville High School defensive backs Lakendrick Vaughn and Darius Dora won’t necessarily be amongst strangers when they arrive on the campus of Copiah-Lincoln Community College this summer to begin their junior college football careers.
While obviously the two longtime high school teammates won’t be strangers to each other, they are also among a strong contingent of players from this area recruited and signed by Co-Lin
“It helps to have a teammate going down there with me,” said Vaughn a 5-foot-10, 160-pound cornerback. “The have a good football team and the defense is pretty good. They have been winning and that’s a big deal. I like to win and think I will fit in down there.”
The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Dora will either see time on the corner or at safety.
“This is where I was planning on going the whole time,” he said. “It’s good to have so many players signing today (Wednesday). It’s something to be proud of.”
While Vaughn and Dora were the only Wildcats of LHS to ink with Co-Lin on National Signing Day last Wednesday, four neighbors from up north also signed with the Wolves, as T.C. Hatchett, Tre’ Brown, Paxton Sims and Willie Miller of Choctaw County High School also signed with CLCC.
“This is one of the best signing classes we’ve had in my 10 years here,” said Copiah-Lincoln head coach Glenn Davis. “We targeted kids that we wanted and our coaches did a great job of establishing relationships and getting them to come to Co-Lin.”
The class is heavy on linebackers, defensive lineman, and defensive backs. For Davis, that was the plan from the outset. “We needed to replace lost starters at linebacker, we needed to create depth in the secondary, and we needed to add some length in our defensive line and we hit all of those goals.
“We sell our recruits and their families on the fact that at Co-Lin we make our guys go to class, we make them grow up as men, and we work to make them better football players along the way,” he said.
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