Gryphons add a local OL

Two week’s ago at the Recruit Family Luncheon there was one new recruit introduced who hadn’t been a part of the original public announcements. That new face belonged to Caleb Monk, a 6’4″ 320lb offensive lineman from Guelph’s Centennial Collegiate.

2013 OL recruit Caleb Monk Photo: Kyle Rodriguez

2013 OL recruit Caleb Monk
Photo: Kyle Rodriguez

Monk is a relative neophyte in football terms. His 2012 high school season with Guelph’s Centennial Spartans was his first on the gridiron. Monk has a longer history of playing rugby – so you know that this big man can move. Gryphon coaches see great potential in Monk. The old expression “you can’t teach size” applies but what Guelph’s coaches think makes him a true prospect is his athleticism. He moves so well that he is considered a better prospect than many more-experienced high school OLs. His performance at a recent testing session also made a believer out of Guelph’s new Strength & Conditioning Coach – AJ Nagy.

One thing Monk does have a lot of experience at is producing top notch marks in the classroom. [He will study Accounting at Guelph.] If Monk can combine his ability to learn, his size and his athleticism with a lot of hard work he could, over time, develop into a gem for the Gryphons. I expect to see him used at the guard position. Monk is currently playing with the Guelph Bears varsity team as they are about to embark on their first season in the OFC after many years in the OVFL.

In a Mercury story – Centennial lineman commits to Gryphs – it was pointed out that none of Guelph’s initial recruits were from District 10 schools. But …

That changed late last week when offensive lineman Caleb Monk of the Centennial Spartans committed to the program. And with marks in the 90s, he had no problem being accepted into the school.

Monk, 17, was one of 26 recruits from Ontario who attended Saturday’s Meet the Team luncheon at Cutten Fields.

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“He’s kind of a diamond in the rough kid,” Gryphon offensive co-ordinator Todd Galloway said. “He’s only played football for one year, but we’ll take 6-3 and over 300 pounds. It’s a nice project for us to work with.”

“Other than the obvious – he’s a big kid – he’s actually got great hips and great feet,” Galloway said. “He moves well for a big kid which is something that’s a must for us. We’re not just looking for big bodies, we’re looking for big, athletic bodies and we think he’s going to develop into one of those.”

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