Makiah Waibel couldn’t have scripted his final season for the Boonville Pirates football team any better after leading the team in both receptions and receiving yards for the 2016 season.
While lettering all four years for the Pirates, Waibel was awarded for his hard work on Tuesday after signing a national letter of intent with Central Methodist University in Fayette.
In an interview with Waibel on Tuesday, the senior receiver said he selected CMU because it gives him a great opportunity to continue his football career. “I was really impressed with the athletic training facility that CMU has,” Waibel said.
Boonville Pirates football coach Barry Blank, who has coached Waibel the last two years, said he is proud that Waibel is continuing his education and football career at Central Methodist University.
“Makiah was a valuable piece to the Boonville Pirates football program because of his tireless effort to work hard on the practice field, in the weight room, and most importantly in the classroom,” Blank said. “Makiah was an impact player on offense with his running and catching ability as well as his ability to block on the edge for other runners over the last two years. Defensively, Makiah was able to play cornerback, free safety or strong safety. He also was a valuable punt and kick off returner on special teams. Makiah is a great example of hard work and a relentless desire to be great leading to opportunities after high school.”
While earning all-conference and all-district his senior season, Waibel also had a knack for getting open on offense while finishing with 36 catches for 666 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, on defense, Waibel finished fourth on the team in tackles with 36 solo stops and 18 assisted tackles for a total of 54. He also had two interceptions and one fumble recovery for the Pirates.
Waibel said to play at the next level, he will need to gain weight and get bigger to compete in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. “I also need to keep hitting the weight room,” Waibel said. “My goal for the first-two years is for me to build a foundation for my football career and to work hard to be successful in the future. As for my long-term goals, I want to get a degree in athletic training and to also continue my career in football to get to the professional level.”
While playing football for a total of nine years, Waibel said the highlight of his career was going out on Senior-Parent Night against Marshall and playing his hardest and getting the win for the team. As for an individual highlight, Waibel said it has to be from this past season.
“I had the ability to get 100-plus yards receiving in multiple games this year and finishing the season with a total of 666 receiving yards and total of 757 total yards,” Waibel said.
Waibel said he also looked at Lindenwood University in St. Charles for playing football but ultimately decided on CMU because of their athletic training program and getting to play wide receiver.
As for the biggest influence on him playing football, Waibel said it would have to be his dad. He said there was once a time that he didn’t want to play but his dad encouraged him to keep playing.
“I’m glad that I did because I probably wouldn’t be where I am today,” Waibel said.
Although his next adventure will take him only 15 miles away to Fayette, Waibel said he will miss playing with his friends that he has played with since the fourth grade. He said they really helped him get better at the sport and kept his head up through the years.