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By Chris Gregory, Managing Editor

Two Trousdale County stars will take their football talents down the road to Lebanon this fall to begin their college careers.

Kobe Ford and Tarvaris Claiborne both signed with Cumberland University on Wednesday morning with family, coaches and teammates in attendance.

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Coaches and family look on as Kobe Ford, seated center left, and Tarvaris Claiborne, seated center right, sign to play football at Cumberland University.

“On behalf of Cumberland, I just want to say that we’re very grateful for the opportunity to coach these tremendous young men. These are the type of kids we want to invest in in our community and our team,” said Kasey Smith, defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for Cumberland.

“We’re going to welcome them into our institution and embrace them as a family.”

Both Ford and Claiborne were named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s all-state team earlier this year after helping lead the Yellow Jackets to an 11-2 record and the Class 2A semifinals.

Ford, who was recruited as a running back, led Trousdale County with 1,156 rushing yards and scored 16 touchdowns. He was named as Region 4-2A’s co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2019.

“Cumberland is probably the best choice I could make,” Ford said. “They have the best business school in the are and their football program’s always competitive.”

“These coaches have been so touching, they care and spent much time coming to see us,” added Claiborne. “It feels like we’re already part of a family, like it’s meant to be.”

Claiborne is a two-time all-state selection at linebacker and was the region’s 2019 Defensive Player of the Year.

“When I took over, I want everyone to have the chance to play at the next level,” said TCHS coach Blake Satterfield. “I want these juniors, sophomores and freshmen to see this and be a way for them to say, ‘I can do that too.’

“I’m very proud of these young gentlemen; I know the families are too.”

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or [email protected]