Recruiting is an exciting thing, especially for the student-athletes involved and their families. Earlier this month one Gryphon signee apologized to his friends for “blowing up Facebook” with his announcement and all the related photos of his signing. From my point of view … “the more the merrier”. It was nice to see that CTV Kitchener covered the announcements of James Roberts and Andrew Pickett. And commendable when the Guelph Mercury wrote stories about Job Reinhart and Nick Parisotto as they committed.
A week or two back The Sachem, a Caledonia-based newspaper that covers news in Haldimand County, carried this story on a local son – Dunnville athlete commits to University of Guelph football team. Dunnville native Trey Gervais, via Port Colbourne’s Lakeshore Catholic Secondary School, signed on with the Gryphons back on March 6. Gervais’ commitment continues a strong connection between Guelph and Lakeshore. The powerhouse program in Port Colbourne has sent lots of previous players to Guelph including Mike Millar, Cory Davidson, Keaton Spratt, Kyle Fraser and, most recently, Ian Marouf.
Gervais is a 6’2″ 190 pound wide receiver. He may be best known as the player who scored the winning TD in the 2012 OFSAA Golden Horseshoe Bowl. Gervais actually made several receptions on the final drive that brought Lakeshore back in a come-from-behind victory over Burlington’s M.M. Robinson Rams. This past year Gervais attended Conestoga College and played for the CJFL’s Hamilton Hurricanes where he was a teammate of current Gryphons Lucas Spagnuolo, Ben Osmow and Daniel Horta.
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Wide receiver recruit Eldridge Adrial Sellers V [Port Coquitlam – Terry Fox] had a big week at Football BC’s 2014 Senior Bowl. When the Camp Players of the Week Awards were given out Sellers was named the Receiver MVP. While his team lost he came up with a solid performance in the game.
From the game story:
“Team Kelly had an opportunity late in the fourth quarter to pull within one major score with Joseph hooking up several times with REC Eldridge Sellers V (Terry Fox Ravens) to march them deep into Team Friesen territory ….” – http://www.playfootball.bc.ca/news_announcements/view/227
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Defensive end recruit Charlie Taggart [Hamilton Westdale] won his weight class with a 425 pound squat at a regional high school powerlifting competition in Hamilton. Taggart’s performance allows him to advance to the provincial high school championships. Taggart and the Warriors have had a very successful 2013-14 school year, with a half dozen lifters advancing to the provincial competition, and winning Hamilton Public Tier 1 and SOSSA football championships to advance to an OFSAA Festival bowl game. Taggart is coached by Dave Walters, a 3-time Powerlifting World Champion, and also the Warriors head football coach.