Two senior athletes signed college scholarships at Red River High last Friday. One in football and basketball and the other in baseball. First to sign was D’Evin McDonald.
McDonald was an outstanding football and basketball player for Red River. He caught the eye of Southern Arkansas University. He signed a full ride scholarship with the Muleriders.
The signing ceremony was held in Red River High’s new vocational building. The crowd gathered there cheered and applauded as McDonald came into the room. Athletic Director Norman Picou said, “I am very proud of you and your accomplishments (at Red River). I’ll be watching you over the next four years at SAU.”
“You’re the best wide receiver I’ve ever coached,” said Red River Head Coach Jeff Harper. He added, “That’s what I saw the first time you went out during 7 on 7. Congratulations big guy.”
Parents and friends added their congratulations. His mom, Lillie McDonald said, “I told him you can do what everyone else can do. I’m so proud of you. This is something you wanted.”
Then it was D’Evin’s turn. He thanked everyone, “I really appreciate what you did. Mom is my real MVP, she was hard on me my whole life. And thanks to my brothers for showing me everything.”
In addition to basketball, McDonald was an outstanding member of the Red River Basketball squad. Basketball coach Dadrian Harris said, “The first day I coached him I told him to get to the next level he would have to develop his potential he would have to work hard. Greatness doesn’t come without work.”
Principal JC Dickey said, “I didn’t think you were gonna make it. As a freshman you got in trouble. Your mama came. We were tough on you, but discipline is the greatest form of love because it got him to where he is today. D’Evin, you made an impact here and you will make an impact where you are going.”
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