Walnut Ridge High School’s Isaiah Mabry (front, center) committed to play football for Ottawa University in Kansas on Friday. Among those on hand for the ceremony were (seated, from left) his mother, Jessie; his brother, Anquon; (back) WRHS Athletic Director Jacob Kersey, his sister, Trinity; WRHS head football coach Jeff Blake, WRHS offensive coordinator Joe Fisher and WRHS defensive coordinator Jason Ward.

Walnut Ridge High School’s Isaiah Mabry signed his letter of intent to play football for the Ottawa University Braves on Friday.

Mabry said getting to play at the next level is exciting and a dream come true for him.

“I always believed I could do it,” he said. “Hard work pays off.”

He said his time with the Bobcats impacted him greatly.

“If I hadn’t come to Walnut Ridge, I don’t think I would be playing at this level,” he said.

He said the football coaches helped him with on the field and WRHS Principal and Athletic Director Jacob Kersey helped him be eligible.

“If I hadn’t come here to be with this family, I wouldn’t be at the place I am now,” he said.

Mabry played outside receiver and corner for the Bobcats.

“He started both ways for us,” WRHS coach Jeff Blake said. “He gave his all for us each and every down.”

Mabry said the best part about his time at Walnut Ridge is that they are like a family.

“The coaches always had my back,” he said.

“He’s one of the hardest workers we have,” Blake said. “He came to work for us every day. That’s all you can ask for out of a player.”

An All-Conference selection, Mabry recorded 256 receiving yards on 18 yards including two touchdowns.

He encourages younger players to go after their dreams, as well.

Mabry is the son of Jessie Moore. His brother, Anquon, and sister, Trinity, were also at his signing.

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