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February 6, 2013

SIGNING DAY: Braves send defensive group to next level



Working on agility and film study are focuses for Cooper’s college football start. 

He enjoyed the recruiting process. Baldwin coaches urged Cooper and others to stick it out and work hard.

Shemar Latimore, DT: Louisburg College

Latimore had 42 tackles with 12 for loss this season. Copeland expects more offers to roll in over the next 24 hours. The stout defensive tackle could end up elsewhere.

The big 300-pound tackle has great speed, which boosts his college career potential.

Latimore is looking forward to the Louisburg opportunity.

“I think it would be a good opportunity for me to get my education and start the next level,” Latimore said. “I couldn’t do it without God.”

Having several familiar faces up north is a huge plus. All four Braves could add two more years to their high school experiences.

He expects success for all the signees.

Jaitavius Jackson, DE: Louisburg College

Jackson’s stats included 53 tackles and a school record 19 sacks.

The record setter played sparingly on special teams his first two years due to injury. Jackson switched to defensive end this season and excelled.

The sack master looks forward to the two-year opportunity at Louisburg. Jackson can develop his immense potential at the junior college.

Academics are high on the student-athlete’s goals. 

He adjusted to defensive end quickly. Jackson will continue polishing technique learned over the last high school season.

“It was hard coming back from an injury trying to stay with the guys,” Jackson said. 

The defensive end wants to hit the books for a successful GPA. He will watch his diet and weight to be in peak form come this summer.

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