"My goal as an 8th grader was to be the first athlete at Clayton-Bradley to play college ball," Izzy Miya declared. The High School Junior Volleyball Team Captain took a huge step on Tuesday, signing with an organization that helps high school athletes get recurited, called College Promoters USA. The State Director, Josh Epperson, said, "We are very excited to work with Izzy, her family and Clayton-Bradley Academy to help give Izzy the best opportunity to find the right place and play in college. Our goal is to have a signing next year for CBA's first ever college athlete."
Izzy has been a part of the volleyball team at CBA since the program got started 5 years ago. During that time she has also played multiple seasons at the K2 volleyball league in the offseason. At CBA she started as an 8th grader with the high school team. Playing at the Setter and DS positions, she was picked Team MVP by her coaches her Freshman and Sophomore years and has been voted two-time TAPSA All Conference the past two seasons. Coach Whitecotton believes, "She can 100% play at the college level. She has great touch, high volleyball IQ, is a precise passer and has amazing hustle. She is also my best communicator on the floor."
Miya is much more than just a good volleyball player though. She is involved in mutiple groups and clubs on campus. She is part of the yearbook staff. She volunteers at her church with children. She also leads a weekly session with the team, talking about something she learned from the Psychology department at The University of Tennessee when she visited with some of the students, called "PARR." This stands for Purpose, Awareness, Routine and Reflection. "This is something that we visit regularly to build our mental skills, because volleyball is not only a physical sport, but also a mental sport," Miya declared. College Promoter's State Director Josh Epperson explained, "That is what is going to get coaches to love her; all that she does off the court. It's amazing."
Izzy Miya will be a great addition to any school that would want her. She is reaching new heights for Clayton-Bradley Academy, becoming the first ever student athlete to be recruited to play at the college level. Athletic Director Grant Redmond believes, "Izzy is a phenomenal young lady who I knew we had to get connected with College Promoters. She is smart, confident, a leader and I know that whoever wants to bring her into their program will make the right decision. With her great family, Coach Whitecotton and CBA family behind her, we know that her future is bright. She is perfect as the first ever perspective college student-athlete to come out of our school."
Go Izzy and Go Blazers!