Waterloo community atmosphere attracts 3

Waterloo welcomes one local commit and two regional commits to their 2019 team.

Long before FPC, Alex Baseggio, a linebacker from St. James Catholic High School, committed to the University of Waterloo Warriors, Waterloo already felt like home to him.

FPC Jordan Schmidt, a defensive end from Bluevale Collegiate Institute, and FPC Cameron Bulai, an offensive lineman form Resurrection Catholic High School, will also be joining the Warriors.

Alex Baseggio

When the going got tough, Alex Baseggio worked his tail off to get back into the game. While with the Waterloo Region Predators (OFC) he broke his leg and effectively ended his season. “I was told I would most likely not play this high school season but ended up getting a chance to play my heart out in the last few games of my high school career and it taught me new skills and lessons to be a stronger and more passionate player,” he said.

Courtesy of Alex Baseggio.

“The past few years since I switched to the Preds, the City of Waterloo has felt like home,” Baseggio, who is from Guelph, Ontario, said. “From my teammates to the parents to the coaches, everyone has been there for me, helping me to get better and always pushing me to my best. The whole environment was something I’d never felt on a team before and every year it has gotten better.”

Already in love with the city, Baseggio saw for himself just how much the community rallies around their football. “What appealed to me about the university was what some of the older guys and coaches said about the program and what I saw on the field, sideline and the crowd when I went to their home opener last year, everyone coming together and supporting one another,” he said.

He added that during his visit it felt like home, not only in terms of football but also the campus and academics. He is interested in taking recreation and leisure.

During his time with the Preds, Baseggio was introduced to some of the Warriors coaches. He said that will make the transition easier since he already knows their style of coaching. “On my visits and tour of the university, talking to the coaches made me feel like I will have a place and belong on the team,” he added. “The coaches don’t only care about you as a player, but as a person too.”

The 6’4, 195lbs SAM linebacker has played with a collection of teams in his career. He played for the Guelph Bears and Junior Gryphons (OFC). He was also a member of the St. James Lions (District 10). In 2015 he helped the Jr. Gryphons win an OFC championship off an undefeated season and he played in the 2015 Fox 40 Prospect Challenge. Two years later he was named as the Predators’ ‘most dedicated player.’ He also helped the Lions win their first ever D10 championship in 2018 and was a D10 all-star.

Jordan Schmidt

Jordan Schmidt will be staying in his hometown of Waterloo, Ontario. He has been playing for the Bluevale Knights (WCSSAA) since grade nine. Standing at 6’1, 207lbs, he has played on both the offensive and defensive lines and was also a long snapper. He is a former member of the Waterloo Region Predators. In 2015 he was an offensive and defensive line all-star in the WCSSAA. He competed in the 2015 and 2017 FPC.

Cameron Bulai

Cameron Bulai calls Cambridge, Ontario, home. He played with the Cambridge Lions (OPFL) as a centre and guard. In high school he was a member of the Resurrection Phoenix (District 8) where he was a 2018 D8 all-star. He participated in the 2015 FPC.

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