I was at Ron Joyce Stadium yesterday to watch the OVFL Conference semi-final between the Steel City Ironmen and the Sault Ste Marie Sabercats. It was an exciting game with the Ironmen prevailing 28-24. There were two lead changes in the final 1:40. I was there in part to watch recruit Iian Hutchison of the Sabrecats. Hutchison was recently selected a 2011 OVFL Allstar. He led the league with 9 interceptions. It appeared to me that the Ironmen made every effort not to throw the ball anywhere near Hutchison.
It turns out that Hutchison wasn’t the only recruit playing in the game. Today the Dept of Athletics officially announced that big Vladimir Vesovic of the Ironmen has been admitted to the university and will be fighting for a spot on the offensive line in training camp. The 6’6″ 305lb Vesovic plays left guard for the Ironmen though he has the size to play tackle. Guelph coaches are quoted as saying he has “excellent footwork” and “excellent reach” . I know from having spoken to Vlad’s mother at a game earlier in the season that he was highly recruited and he had the marks to get admitted anywhere. Laurier, St Mary’s, Queen’s, UofT and McMaster were all after him. He is a graduate of Hamilton’s St. Mary CSS.
Also this weekend the OFC held the championships of their summer leagues. The Varsity championship matched the Twin City Predators against the Huronia Stallions. [Former Gryphon All Canadian lineman Jeff Hale coaches with the Stallions.] The Predators walked away with a dominating victory due in part to the play of Blake McNeely. From his DE position McNeely recorded 3 sacks.
Earlier in the playoffs the TC Predators eliminated the Chatham-Kent Cougars, 29-21. A CFC story credits Gryphon recruit Graham Smyth with being a defensive standout in the loss. Also “Graham Smyth had 165 yards in return yards and had a Interception for a TD called back on a penalty.” Smyth had already recorded two pick-6s & two kick return TDs during the OFC season.
*** He’s a veteran rather than a recruit but there is a great profile of Jedd Gardner on the CIS website. Too many great details to repeat here. Its worth checking out just to watch his 129 yd missed FG return against McMaster again.