Recruit profile: Curtis D’Hollander

D'Hollander TD at UWO's TD Waterhouse Stadium

D’Hollander TD at UWO’s TD Waterhouse Stadium

Biographical Data:  6’1″ 176 – Catholic Central HS [London, ON]. Will study Applied Science and Applied Human Nutrition

Position:  Receiver – D’Hollander played both receiver and defensive back at CCH. I like his highlights at receiver. He seems like a natural at the position.

Honours:  D’Hollander earned most of his accolades as a H.S. basketball player and a track and field star. D’Hollander reached OFSAA in the 4×100-Meter Relay and reached the OFSAA West Regional in both the 1oo-Metres [11.28] and 200-Metres [23.39]. Reaching OFSAA was no fluke for the speedster – it was D’Hollander’s fourth consecutive trip to the Provincial Track and Field Championships.

Other than a year of minor football in Grade 8 D’Hollander has only played one season on the gridiron – his Grade 12 year. And he broke his collarbone in the 4th game of the season. He did manage to score five receiving TDs and pick off two passes in that brief time. While it’s not the norm, my father reminded me that several great football players have started playing the sport very late. His prime example, former UofG Athletic Director and assistant football coach, and CFL Hall-of-Famer Garney Henley. He was a basketball player who didn’t take up football until college. Heron Tait would be a more recent Guelph example.

My Take:  I was quite impressed with D’Hollander’s receiving highlights. I never would have guessed he was so new to the sport. He clearly has some intuition for the game and some natural gifts. I thought he did a great job of using his body and of high-pointing the ball, skills that he may have “transferred” from his b-ball abilities. No doubt Guelph coaches love his speed and overall athletic ability. Watch his highlights as it really shows through as he goes up in the air to catch passes and when he returns kicks/punts. IMHO he looks much more polished as a receiver catching the ball than the typical H.S. prospect. I expect he will have plenty to refine when it comes to blocking and route running. A great pick-up for the Gryphons, perhaps the sleeper of this recruiting class.

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