Without a doubt offensive line is one of the areas where Guelph needs to bring in lots of talent. The O-Line cupboard needs to be restocked with linemen who are suited to play in the new offense. Guelph has acquired a key piece for the future with the commitment of Jamie Lalonde, a 6’3″ 300lb centre out of Hamilton’s Sir Allan MacNab. Lalonde won back-to-back championships in the Hamilton Public league with the MacNab Lions in 2009 & 2010. He was a team captain twice.
Lalonde is regarded as the best high school centre in Ontario this year. He played for Team Ontario West at the 2010 Football Canada Cup in Wolfville, NS. He was recruited by more than a dozen CIS schools. Lalonde is also a two-time member of the Golden Horseshoe All Star team. He was scheduled to be the starting centre in last spring’s game but had to sit out with an injury. He will finally get his chance in the 2nd edition of the GTA vs GHR showcase.
Lalonde also played several summer seasons with the Hamilton-Wentworth Panthers of the OFC. Lalonde was selected to play in the Steel City Bowl, a local All Star game, three times. He was twice named a captain and was a 2011 lineman of the game.
CIS coaches hold Lalonde in high regard because “he’s got it all”. Lalonde is big and strong enough to handle a large nose tackle. He’s got the quickness to get to the next level and block LBs. He’s a tremendous pass blocker. He has an extremely high football IQ. But he is also tough and plays with the sort of mean streak that coaches like. He’s a big addition for the Gryphons.