Following quickly on the heels of Arran MacRae’s “blockbuster signing” Guelph has secured another major commitment. This time from punter/kicker Gabriel Ferraro. A Mississauga native, Ferraro was recently named to Football Canada’s National Junior Team roster. This means he will be the third Gryphon player/recruit named to the elite team that will take on Team USA in Arlington, TX next month.
Most Gryphon fans will recognize the Ferraro name. And yes indeed, he is the younger brother of current Guelph punter/kicker Daniel Ferraro. And just as his older brother was, Gabriel is widely regarded as a top, if not the #1, kicking prospect in Canada. Both brothers played their high school ball for the St Marcellinus Spirit. Gabriel Ferraro played the past two summers for the OFC’s Burlington Stampeders and was punter & kicker for Team Ontario West in 2012.
Ferrraro had a stellar year in 2013. Between the Spirit and the Stamps he averaged 41 yards per punt and hit on 25 of 28 field goals – that’s 89.3% accuracy. Ferraro’s longest made field goal was one he hit in a St Marcellinus Junior game – a 49-yard effort. Ferraro also has a history of coming through in the clutch having made good on multiple game-winning field goal opportunities.
With top-tier OUA teams like McMaster and Western needing to replace outstanding veteran kickers, it makes this signing even sweeter. I would think that Ferraro’s familiarity with the Guelph program, players, coaches and facilities, as he regularly attended his brothers games, helped sway him. While the opportunity for more immediate playing time may have been greater elsewhere, the chance to play with his brother and work with the legendary Hank Ilesic only existed at Guelph.