Recruit profile: Joey Bélanger

Joey Belanger

Biographical Data:  6’3″ 230 – Holy Trinity [Kanata,ON] and Ottawa Myers Riders of the OVFL.

Position:  DE – a lot of times when I watch video I think “this guy plays well at that position but he’ll probably end up playing position X”. Not so with Belanger. Ultimately it’s up to the coaches but I see Belanger staying at DE.

Honours:  A team captain too many times to count. Offensive MVP as a junior at Holy Trinity. Belanger was a National Capital Region High School All Star and an OVFL All Star. He was named a team Defensive Lineman of the Year at least 3 times including with the Ottawa Myers Ryders. Belanger played in the 2011 OVFL Top Prospects game & was named Wettges Division DL of the Game.

My Take:  It was Belanger’s outstanding performance in the OVFL Top Prospects game that got him on Guelph’s recruiting radar. I watched that game in May 2011 at WLU’s University Stadium. Belanger wasn’t just the best DL, he was one of the best players at any position in that game. Since Guelph doesn’t have a regional recruiter in the Ottawa area, at least to my knowledge, his performance that day was critical to his becoming a Gryphon. It is a very positive thing that Guelph could land two outstanding prospects [Belanger and Riley Baines] from the nation’s capital especially with the return of the Carleton Ravens and their surprising recruiting success.

Belanger will add to the very solid depth along the d-line that Guelph has developed in recent years. Not too many years ago quality depth along both the d-line and o-line was a problem for Guelph. That situation has changed dramatically in the past three recruiting cycles. I don’t see a lot to worry about in spite of losing several veteran DLs from last year’s team. Belanger only adds to the quality and the competition there.

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