BY RYAN BLACK | firstname.lastname@example.org
AUBURN, Ala. — Demetruce McNeal is now a West Alabama Tiger.
The former Auburn safety officially enrolled Thursday morning, according to an official release from the school. He began practicing with the football team Thursday afternoon.
“We are excited to be adding Demetruce to our football team,” head coach Will Hall said in the statement. “Obviously, he has been a great player at Auburn, but the second thing is, in talking to a lot of people about him from his family, to his high school coaches and some of his coaches at Auburn, we believe he is going to be a good person here.”
Hall said McNeal is looking forward to the opportunity to continue his playing career with West Alabama.
“He is excited about coming here and excited about becoming a UWA Tiger, becoming part of a program that has a chance to win a national championship,” Hall said. “He understands that he will have to become us and we will not become him.”
McNeal was Auburn’s top returning tackler, making 90 stops last season. He was dismissed on Saturday afternoon following an arrest for second-degree marijuana possession earlier that morning.
On Tuesday, he tweeted that he would be enrolling at West Alabama. He wished “my former coaches and teammates the best this year,” while also denying any wrongdoing in regards to Saturday’s arrest. The College Park, Ga., native missed the last five practices of the spring for undisclosed personal reasons. He also sat out the first 10 sessions of fall camp following a surgery caused to treat an infection.
McNeal will make his debut with West Alabama on Sept. 7. The Tigers will host the Clark Atlanta Panthers at noon ET.