The CIS is currently in the midst of a recruiting “blackout period” [Dec 23 to Jan 2]. Even though schools can’t contact recruits at this time, fans are still allowed to talk about it. Below is some recruiting news of particular interest to Gryphon fans.
First off, All Canada Gridiron‘s Ron Dias has released a list of The 50+ Most Impactful Recruits of 2014 at this time. Now keep in mind that some CIS schools have yet to announce many, or any, recruits. And at the present time CFC only lists 218 announced recruits, mostly in Quebec and Ontario. Even so Guelph, Carleton and udeMontreal lead the way on the ACG list. Nine of Guelph’s 17 committed recruits make the list. I’m not suggesting the list is perfect but it is an indication that things are going very well with Gryphon recruiting efforts. [Only 4 of 21 commits to Laval make the list even though Laval has 5 CFC Top 100 players among them and a highly regarded class.] If there is a glaring Gryphon omission, in my opinion, it is CFC Top 100 player Malik Richards. The Gryphon recruits on the list:
DB Nick Parisotto ; Lourdes
LB Drew Walden ; St Benedicts
LB Luke Korol ; Corpus Christi
DT Charlie Taggart ; Westdale
QB James Roberts ; Jacob Hespeler
OT Duncan Curren ; Nelson
OC Colin Jerome ; Algonquin
RB Khaliel James ; Windsor CCH
SB Marcus Joseph ; Resurrection
By the way, Dias makes it clear that the list does not include transferring players. The Gryphons 2014 recruiting class will be bolstered by three players who transferred in last year but had to sit out a season before they were eligible to play. DE Ben Osmow, DT Daniel Horta and SB Lucas Spagnuolo all have CIS experience but still have four years of eligibility remaining. They spent the 2013 season serving on the scout team. The trio also played in the CJFL with the Hamilton Hurricanes. I still have yet to write detailed profiles on any of the six CIS transfers who joined Guelph in 2013. Hopefully that will be remedied soon.
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Certainly one of the headliners of this recruiting class is Khaliel James. His hometown newspaper, The Windsor Star, featured him in an article that looked at the Windsor-Essex area players who will play in the International Bowl series of games in Arlington TX February 1-8, 2014. James will play for the Team Canada U18 squad. The story link: Catholic Central’s James takes game to Texas.
A total of 10 area players will be on the field at various age levels, led by Ravens and Catholic Central star Khaliel James who was selected to play running back and wide receiver for Team Canada.
“It will be an amazing experience,” the 17-year-old said. “It’s the opportunity of a lifetime.”
James was an automatic invite to play for Team Canada based on his outstanding performance with Team Ontario at last summer’s Canada Cup. He was twice honoured as his team’s game MVP and helped Ontario earn a bronze medal.
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I’m not sure how I missed it the first time I looked at the National Junior Team 60-man roster but Gabriel Ferraro, the younger brother of Gryphon K/P Daniel Ferraro, was also named to the squad by Football Canada. Ferraro is a product of Mississauga’s St Marcellinus High School and has yet to decide where he will play his college football.
And speaking of younger brothers, freshman OG Caleb Monk‘s little bro, Nathan Monk (Centennial), was named to the D-10 All Star team as an offensive lineman. BTW I’m sure he’s not little.