Former local star shares his football knowledge with area youth

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Brian Isaac has a vision for local football standouts — he wants to see them all succeed to the best of their abilities.

In an effort to help them reach their career aspirations, the former Natchez High School defensive back has spent the past month training local high school players.

“There’s nothing like sharing wisdom to our youth,” Isaac said. “I love helping and giving back to my community. I want to be a role model and make a difference.”

Isaac starred at Copiah-Lincoln Community in 2012 as part of a Wolfpack national championship team before heading to the University of Tennessee-Martin to round his collegiate career.

Isaac then played professionally for an arena football team, but is back in the city of Natchez for now.

“I’ve witnessed the good, bad, and I know what it takes to be successful and win,” he said. “I know what the (college) coaches want from size to ability to technique and grades.”

Included amongst Isaac’s trainees are Trinity Episcopal’s Jakarius Caston and Natchez High’s John Thomas.

Isaac also spends time with former Natchez High stars and current Troy University standouts Sidney Davis and Kris Weatherspoon, as well as former Adams County Christian star Lester Wells.

He said despite the size of his hometown, he feels it has just as much talent to offer as anywhere else in the country.

“I feel like we have just as much talent as the west coast, the east coast or wherever,” Isaac said. “It’s a small city, but we have big dreams.”

Isaac puts his students through a number of agility and speed drills in addition to analyzing film.

“We train two times a week,” he said. “I like to take my time and evaluate them individually.”

Isaac said with his wealth of experience, the key message he wishes to relay is a simple one: “To always carry yourself as a professional,” he said.

“You have to carry yourself right. You have to stay away from negative people, bad influences. I just want them to succeed.”