When the recruiting process began for former Brazosport Exporter Isaiah Waddy, his final destination in Missouri wasn’t even in the picture.
A handful of Texas schools where interested in the Ships’ multi-sport standout for their soccer programs, including St. Edward’s. Texas Lutheran, Concordia, Southwestern and Incarnate Word.
When it came down to what he felt was the best fit for him, he decided on Southwest Baptist University.
“It started off, I went to a camp which had a lot of different schools there,” Waddy said. “They got to get a look at me and I actually got MVP of the camp, so that was really good. That is when St. Edward’s started recruiting me, Southwestern and Concordia. Concordia was the first one to actually have me on a visit.”
Waddy said he enjoyed the visit, the campus and the coaches and he stayed in contact with Concordia and other schools.
He has a cousin who attends Southwest Baptist and that is what opened the communication between the two. Waddy sent an email and video to the coach and the response was a request to take a visit and work out with the team.
“I went up there, I really liked it and got to see my cousin,” Waddy said. “I got to do the practice and everything was really good so I really liked it.”
While on that visit, Waddy also tried out for Southern Nazarene University and those two schools jumped to the top of his list. Both schools had good offers, but Waddy said SBU’s was just a little better.
SBU is a Division II school in Bolivar, Missouri. The Bearcats compete in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
There were several things the coach at SBU said he liked about the reigning Facts’ All-Southern Brazoria County MVP.
“He said he liked my personality and my leadership,” Waddy said. “He said just by talking to me and by playing with the guys for a few hours that I would fit in perfectly as a leader. He liked my skills too. He loved my speed and my adrenaline and my finishing ability and my moves and stuff like that.”
Waddy is also looking forward to bringing his leadership skills to his new college team.
A four-sport athlete in high school, Waddy will be ready to focus on one sport.
“I am ready for it,” Waddy said. “I am excited about that. I won’t get as exhausted as I usually do playing so many different sports. Soccer has always been my main love, so just getting to focus on soccer and really develop my game to the next level and even the to next level after that, is something I am really excited about.”
Waddy isn’t the only member of his family leaving Brazosport. His dad, Ondra, is taking over the boys basketball program at North Mesquite High School. Isaiah will still be moving a long way from home, but it is something he is excited about.
“I have been fortunate to have gone a lot of places,” Isaiah Waddy said. “New York, L.A.. Hong Kong, The Bahamas, you name it I have probably been there. Having that travel savvy and all that stuff has really opened up my eyes to bigger things and bigger areas so I feel like I can move out of Freeport, out of Brazoria County, out of Texas. You throw me to the wolves and I will survive.”
Waddy plans to major in marketing management and eventually pursue his master’s in that as well.