HOUSTON - At the three and a half years old, Josh White discovered he wanted to play football.
From that moment, his mother, Tammy Demas, did everything she could, including working two jobs at one point, to help pay for cleats, mouthpieces and training to help him reach his goal.
Nearly 15 years later, that has paid off.
On Wednesday, Tammy sat on the front row of the bleachers inside Cypress Creek High School's gymnasium as Josh signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at LSU.
"She's meant so much to me," White said. "She worked two jobs to keep a roof over my head. I'll never forget in Little League she worked two jobs just to get me the equipment I needed. Mouthpieces, cleats, all that. She never said she couldn't do that for me. She just went out and worked for it and got it for me.
"I'm going to do the same thing for her."
After a few coaches spoke, it was Josh's turn.
During his speech he thanked his coaches and teachers and then he looked right at his mother and thanked her for all she had done for him.
"It meant a lot that I survived for him and that he can reach his goal," Tammy said. "He showed me this is what he wanted to do in life, so I had to go and do what I had to do. Pay for training and stuff so that he can be successful."
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Early National Signing Day is always a big day for the athlete, families and the school to celebrate the accomplishment of signing to the next level.
On Wednesday, Lufkin High School honored a handful of student-athletes who signed to the next level.
Lufkin wide receiver Ja'Lynn Polk made it official with the Red Raiders signing to Matt Wells' 2020 class. Polk finished this season with more than 1,000 yards receiving. The last wide receiver to head from Lufkin to Lubbock was Keke Coutee, who was drafted out of Texas Tech by the Houston Texans.
"I'm hoping to continue that legacy," Polk told KTRE's Caleb Beames on following in Coutee's footsteps.
Polk will be early enrolling at Texas Tech and is set to arrive in January.
.@jpolk_22 talks about signing with @TexasTechFB . He's graduating early and will be in Lubbock in January. @RedZoneETX @KLTVKTRESports @Lufkinfootball #NSD20 pic.twitter.com/qIZiqEeqAJ
— Caleb Beames (@CalebKTRE) December 18, 2019
Polk wasn't the only Lufkin Panther to put ink to paper on Wednesday.
Safety Jerrin Thompson officially became a future opponent of Polk's signing with the Texas Longhorns. Thompson is a 6-foot, four-star rated safety that in the future will most likely be covering Polk when Texas Tech and Texas collide in Big 12 Conference play.
Thompson was ranked No. 267 in the ESPN 300.
My boys graduate High school tomorrow! @jpolk_22 @bugg_24 pic.twitter.com/gsq6rDRN8E
— CAM DAVIS (@CoachcamDavis) December 18, 2019
Off the football field there were other Lufkin athletes to also sign the dotted line. Lufkin's Cy Murphy signed to play baseball at Angelina College and Halea Wells signed to play softball at Southern Arkansas University Tech.