Prague standout Ray Embry has committed to play football for the Northeastern Oklahoma Norsemen for the next couple of years.
Embry brought a lot of excitement into the season and had interest from several schools. That interest only grew after a Week One game against rival Chandler.
He recovered a fumble for a touchdown and caught a 70-yard touchdown during a 54-6 rout. He was also dominant in the defensive backfield.
But before the Red Devils could get back on the field, an accident during a workout ended in a broken arm for Embry. He missed the rest of the regular season after having surgery to make sure the bones healed correctly.
He was able to return for the playoffs, wearing a cast and padding. Even with one hand bound up with padding, he still hauled in a leaping catch to help set up the game winning touchdown in a 42-40 victory.
His big frame and great speed combined with good ball skills made it impossible for college coaches to ignore him even though his senior season was limited by an injury.
But without the huge statistics to back up his frame and film, the offers Embry should have received didn’t materialize.
Even with the injury, Embry still won the Receiver of the Year award from his district’s coaches.
NEO is a program known for success and helping prepare players for the next level. That is what really caught Embry’s eye.
“I gained a great relationship with the NEO coaches after they offered me,” Embry said. “They kept telling me that I could be a great player at any level, so I put my trust in them.”
Because of his size and catching ability, Embry will play tight end for the Norsemen.
“I want to do whatever I can to help them win just as they want me to be able to move on the the division one level,” Embry said.
The Red Devil receiver said he would love to play for Oklahoma or Oklahoma State because he would like the chance to play in front of family and friends.
“That’s why I chose NEO,” he said. “Maybe if I had played a few more games I would have gained a D1 offer, but I think it was God’s plan and everything worked itself out. It’s just a different path and I think it will make me a better person.”
His football coach said on Twitter that he thinks NEO picked up a good one.
“NEO just got a great athlete and a great young man! Congrats Ray!” John Graham said.
Embry is over the broken arm and playing basketball on a team that has a couple of weeks left before the playoffs. His official signing will come in the near future.