Since the initial introduction of recruits in late September [see story Recruiting for 2014 off to a roaring start] the Gryphons have added more top flight talent. The initial group consisted of two QBs [James Roberts & Job Reinhart], a DB [Nick Parisotto], a WR [Malik Richards] and a pair of LBs [Drew Walden & Luke Korol].
In early October Guelph added some beef with commitments from a pair of Team Ontario offensive linemen – Nick Thun and Duncan Curren. Both Thun and Curran are products of the Burlington Minor Football Association and the Burlington Stampeders. Thun, a 6′ 265lb centre, plays his high school ball with the Corpus Christi Longhorns. He was also a member of the 2013 Team Ontario Selects squad that played Team USA in Austin TX last winter.
Curren, a 6’3″ 280 OL, played for one of the traditional powerhouse programs of Ontario football, the Nelson Lords. Both the Lords and the Longhorns are among the top teams in the ultra competitive Halton Tier 1 league. Both players are very familiar with the Guelph coaching staff, having played for both Mike MacDonald [O-Line Coach] and Adam Grandy [UofG LB Coach] in the Stampeders system. They also worked with several other of the Gryphon coaches who donate their time to coach Team Ontario.
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Shortly thereafter Guelph received commitments from a couple of pure athletes on the offensive side of the ball. As with all the previous 2014 recruits Gryphon recruiters didn’t have to wander too far from their part of southern Ontario.
On his home turf in Kitchener, Ontario, OC Todd Galloway found a big, fast and talented receiver – Marcus Joseph – at one of that city’s top high school programs, the Resurrection Phoenix. The 6’2″ and 190-pound Joseph is likely one of, if not the top skill position player in the Waterloo Region this year. Joseph gets lots of touches in the Phoenix offense, both as a receiver and as a ball carrier. He plays with a lot of toughness, is a very good ball carrier and picks up lots of yards after his catches.
In Waterdown, just 20 minutes south of Guelph, they found a receiver of a different type. At 5’10” and 165lbs Quincy Reid is a speedster with a lot of moves. When I watched his Waterdown Warriors team play last month Reid made several big plays. Most of them were on kick or punt returns as the opposing defense was seriously committed to keeping him from getting the ball on offense. And for good reason. Reid had put up a series of multi touchdown games including 3 receiving TDs in a win over the defending Hamilton Public Tier 1 champs two weeks earlier.
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While Guelph has received commitments from some impressive southern Ontario prospects they are still aggressively recruiting throughout Canada. This past week DC Kevin MacNeill and DL Coach Brian Cluff were in the Maritimes scouting and recruiting the best prospects in the Atlantic Region. Next week MacNeill heads to British Columbia.