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.