When Xaivier Biggs enrolled at Waco’s Methodist Children’s Home prior to the 2016 school year, he didn’t really know what to expect. Like many of MCH’s students, Biggs was the product of a broken home and was in search of some guidance and stability.
Biggs not only found that, he also found a springboard to a college football scholarship.
The all-time leader in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in MCH football history, Biggs signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play for Texas Wesleyan University. In doing so, he became only the second MCH football player ever to land a college scholarship, joining a player who signed with Southwestern Assemblies of God University in 2014.
“It’s just one of many steps that I’m going to take to achieve the greatness that I want,” Biggs said. “I just want to be able to pursue my happiness. Football is my most favorite thing in my life, so for me to be able to achieve this, it’s just great, awesome.”
Methodist Children’s Home seeks to provide a quality Christian education for children dealing with various issues, from financial hardships to depression to parents who have been incarcerated. Students either live on campus or at a boys ranch near Axtell.
Biggs said he was initially nervous when he arrived at MCH in 2016.
“It was hard,” Biggs said. “I never expected to come from home to a place like this. But it actually isn’t a bad place at all. It’s a great place to grow, so I think that God really wanted me to come here, because now I can use this as my testimony to other people who might be going through stuff that I went through.”
The 2016 season marked Biggs’ first playing six-man football. But he adapted to the game well. In the 2017 season, he made 12 touchdown catches on offense and amassed 89 tackles and six interceptions on defense while helping the Bulldogs capture the Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship (TCAF) state championship, the school’s first.
Yet even an athlete who has the ability to snare 26 touchdown catches in two seasons can get overlooked by college scouts, especially playing at the six-man level. MCH head coach Matt Rodgers helped Biggs connect with Texas Wesleyan, an NAIA school located in Fort Worth, by calling TWU’s coaching staff on Biggs’ behalf. But Rodgers said Biggs’ “intensity” and work ethic helped him land the scholarship as much as anything else.
“So much of it was simply just him, and his drive to do it,” Rodgers said.
“Just the determination to get out of the situation that I used to be in,” Biggs said, when asked what brought him to Wednesday’s signing opportunity. “My mom was a single mother raising four children, so if I can be great, I’ll be great for her and all my siblings and family. That’s been my motivation.”
As Biggs made his college decision official in the school gymnasium, Rodgers used the opportunity to address MCH’s other students in attendance. He pointed to the senior as an example for them to follow.
“I hope he’ll do well,” Rodgers said. “I know he’ll do well, and use that as an example for the young men who come through, and say, ‘Hey, anything is possible. You can do this. Six-man football, playing at MCH, going to MCH, don’t let anything stand in your way.’”