Team Ontario DL commits

Our Gryphons have garnered another commitment from a star defensive lineman.   The commitment comes from Ryan Searle, a 6’4″ 240lb defensive end out of Toronto’s St Michael’s College.  St Mike’s, one of Toronto’s top programs plays in the competitive CISSA league and has sent many recruits Guelph’s way in recent years including three Rossetti brothers, Carl Trivieri, Lucas Meschino, Jamie Bookman, Paul Adamic and others.

With the Kerry Blues Searle won a Junior Metro Bowl in 2008 and was a finalist in 2009.  He was also a captain of that team.  Searle began his football career with the Etobicoke Eagles and also played for the Jr Argos football club.  He was a busy boy in 2011.  He made the GTA Rising Stars All Star team where he played for Guelph DC Kevin MacNeill.  Next Searle earned a spot on Team Ontario East and played in the Canada Cup tournament in Lethbridge AB.

As I understand it Searle has primarily been a defensive end but has also played some defensive tackle.  I can’t say with certainty which position he is most likely to play at Guelph.  He seems to have a frame that would allow him to play Rush DE or 3-tech DT.  Regardless, Guelph DL coach Brian Cluff now has more talent to work with going forward.

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2 Responses to Team Ontario DL commits

  1. mark says:

    Good to be positive about your program. However, I think you are being overly optimistic.
    First of all, this is fun stuff but a crapshoot. None of us knows how these kids will actually turn
    out 3-4 years from now.
    I think on paper, you can count on Western, Queens and Mac to have excellent classes. I think Windsor and Guelph are right behind. Ottaw & Laurier are also right there too. The laggards are York, Waterloo and Toronto. York might actually be the best of these this year. The Windsor coach is privately saying that this 2012 class will be the best in Windsor football history. He has 26 right now with likely a few more to come in the next couple months.

    • I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree.

      I think Mac should put together an outstanding recruiting class in spite of the fact that Guelph has signed most of the top lineman in Hamilton. A Vanier win should have some coattails. In my opinion it is highly unlikely that Western can come close to matching the class that they signed last season. Queen’s may have a strong class but I can’t see them matching Guelph’s.

      Windsor is doing very well. D’Amore may be right about them having “the best class in Windsor football history” but that may not be good enough to get them in the top 3 of OUA recruiting classes. They will definitely have more talent to work with and greater quality of depth.

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