CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon says “E-Camp is all about hope, with players hoping to impress, and teams hoping to improve.”
Each year the best Canadian prospects who are eligible for the upcoming CFL draft are invited to the league’s Evaluation Camp. Players get to showcase their talents in front of the scouts, coaches and GMs of all the CFL’s teams. They are put through a series of speed and strength tests as well as football drills and, hopefully, interviews. Defensive tackle Cam Thorn is the latest in a long list of Gryphons invited to participate. In just the past three years nine Gryphons – Jordan Duncan, James Savoie, Jedd Gardner, Nick FitzGibbon, Rob Maver, Grant MacDonald, Ryan Bomben, Adam Dunk and Justin Dunk – have all been invited.
The 6’5″ 300lb Thorn has the quickness, good feet, strength and size to make an excellent impression at E-camp. In 2012 he put up solid numbers for an interior d-lineman with 29 tackles (20 solo, 9 assts), 3.5 tackles for loss, a sack and 2 blocked passes. Thorn primarily lined up at nose tackle where he played a key role drawing the attention of opposing OLs, helping to make it possible for LBs Jake Reinhart and John Rush to finish among the top 4 tacklers in the OUA.
Thorn, a native of Midhurst, attended Eastview Secondary in Barrie where he was coached by former Gryphon All Canadian lineman Jeremy Oxley. I know Gryphon coaches have nothing but good things to say about what an outstanding student-athlete Thorn has been. DC MacNeill said of Thorn, “(he) is a joy to coach and never takes a play off in games or practice”. Coach Cluff described Thorn as a “very coachable athlete” who was “hard working, dedicated and committed”. All things that will hopefully help him make it at the next level.