I would hazard to guess that the newest member of the 2014 recruiting class, Marcus Volpe, is the first-ever prospective Gryphon football player to come from California. Volpe is a 5’9″ 165-pound safety and wide receiver who has played three years of varsity football for Irvine, CA’s Beckman HS. Volpe recorded 118 tackles over 3 seasons, an average of 5.4 tackles per game. In the 2013 season he also made 2 interceptions, broke up 3 passes and recovered a fumble which he returned 45 yards for a touchdown.
The Beckman Patriots play in the California Interscholastic Federations’ Pacific Coast League in Orange County. Orange County produces a large number of NCAA FBS prospects so you know Volpe has played against good competition there in Southern California. His Patriots squad finished 4-6 in 2013. Two of Volpe’s teammates are headed to major NCAA programs in 2014 – Cal and Vanderbilt.
How, you may wonder, does a player in SoCal get on the radar of a Canadian college team? And vice versa. Of course, long time Gryphon supporters will recognize the Volpe name. Yes, Marcus is the son of former Guelph star and Gryphon Hall of Famer Jeff Volpe. After a brief CFL career with the Edmonton Eskimos ended due to injury, Jeff Volpe launched a successful marketing career in the high tech industry. That ultimately landed him in Southern California as Vice President and General Manager of ViewSonic North America.
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Summary from 1986 of Jeff Volpe’s career at Guelph :
Jeff still has two years of college eligibility remaining. He was selected by the Edmonton Eskimos in the second round at this year’s draft. He intercepted 2 passes in 1985 for a career total of 10. He had 6 in 1983, and 2 in 1984 and scored a touchdown off one of the 1984 interceptions. Jeff also worked on special teams and has 21 career punt returns for 324 yards, 15.4 yard average, and 1 touchdown.
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Marcus Volpe’s defensive highlights in Hudl: