The first of the turf is down. This photo was taken approx. 8 a.m. this morning.
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The other good news comes from the CanadaFootballChat.com website. CFC has ranked each OUA recruiting class and assigned a letter grade. They polled CIS coaches as well as using their own resources.
The OUA coaches clearly differentiated between the bottom three teams and top 6-7 teams when ranking the recruiting classes. There was no consensus #1 pick but Queens and Guelph garnered the most votes. The top 4 teams in the rankings at least received one #1 ranking. Some teams had their best recruiting classes in years and OUA teams collectively did a better job of getting recruits from other provinces, as well as a better job of keeping their best players in town.
1. Queen’s Golden Gaels – A
2. Guelph Gryphons – A
3. Western Mustangs – A-
4. McMaster Marauders – A-
5. Windsor Lancers – B+
6. Laurier Golden Hawks – B-
7. York Lions – B-
8. Ottawa GeeGees – C
9. Toronto Varsity Blues – C
10. Waterloo Warriors – D
Comments on Guelph:
Head Coach Stu Lang has his best class of his head coaching career. Assembling a great and hard working group of recruiters, Lang and his staff unturned every rock they could in the process. Recruits to keep your eye on over the next few years include Zack Mallough (DL), Jamie Lalonde (OL), Steve Mburanumwe (OL), Cam Wilhelm (OL), A’dre Fraser (REC), Pat McGrath (LB), Curtis Newton (LB), Tristan Douglin (DB), and Colin Mandich (DB). Recruiting coordinator Bill Brown commented on this impressive group of athletes:
“We are very excited to have added another outstanding recruiting class to the Gryphon Family. Our linemen will be bigger and stronger, and we have added depth and excitement into our skilled positions. With a new turf facility and an upgraded staff and roster, the Gryphons are climbing higher and are poised to strike.”
Read the full story: CFC ranks: OUA 2012 recruiting classes
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I am in complete agreement with CFC’s ranking. My own ranking of the top four OUA classes and assigned letter grades are identical to those of CFC. I certainly wouldn’t trade this Gryphon recruiting class for any other. Guelph coaches landed players who suit what they are trying to do. For example, Queen’s o-line recruits may be viewed as equal to Guelph’s but they wouldn’t fit our system as well. They may have a slight edge in size but they don’t match our OLs in terms of speed and athleticism.