Senior wide receiver Bret Waddell and sophomore quarterback Austin Waddell have transferred from Rose Hill and will start school at Collegiate next week, Collegiate coach Mike Gehrer said Thursday.
Rose Hill first-year coach Ray Boese had expected Bret Waddell to be one of the state’s top receivers, and he had named Austin Waddell the Rockets’ starting quarterback, calling him one of the school’s best athletes. Both Waddells are standout basketball players, as well.
“Austin and Bret will be missed here,” Boese said. “I think they’re outstanding athletes, and I believe they could have helped the Rocket program if they had stayed. They have made a choice in what they believe is in their best interests. We’re not angry about them being gone in terms of, that doesn’t frustrate us to the point we’re angry with them. They’ve talked about it for a long time.”
The Waddells will start at Collegiate on Tuesday, the first day for new students. They would be eligible to play immediately, and not sit out 18 weeks by state association rules, if the family changes residences.
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Their addition to Collegiate gives the Spartans instant depth at quarterback, with Austin Waddell No. 2 behind senior Landon Root, who has made an oral commitment to Northern Illinois.
The Spartans were already strong at receiver, but Bret Waddell, who is 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, will give them much needed experience.
“We have some good young guys at wide receiver,” Gehrer said, “but it’s a proven entity with him. He’s a good receiver, he’s a big target, he runs well. We had some kids we believe in, kids we’ve been spending a lot of time with, but it gives us some depth.”