Last week the Gryphons added what may or may not be the final commitment of 2014 – Daniel Palmer-Salmon of Brampton’s St Edmund Campion CSS. [View this blog’s list of 2014 recruits.] Palmer-Salmon is a 5’8″ 183-pound running back and a high school teammate of DB recruit Royce Metchie. Campion plays in Peel’s Tier 1 league and advanced to the ROPSSAA semi-finals before losing to the eventual champion Lorne Park Spartans.
Not just a football player, Palmer-Salmon is also a sprinter who advanced to the recent OFSAA Track Meet in three events after a display of speed at the South Regional Meet in St. Catharines on May 31. Palmer -Salmon finished 1st in the 4x100M relay, 1st in the 4x400M relay, 4th in the 200M (22.73 secs) and 7th in the 100M (11.1 secs).
The Brampton running back has also produced big numbers on the football field for the Campion Bears. In 2013 that included 1,379 rushing yards on 63 carries for an eye-popping average of 21.8 yards per. In 7 games Palmer-Salmon scored 18 rushing TDs. He added another two receiving TDs on 4 receptions for 57 yards. His 2012 numbers included 913 rushing yards on 73 carries, an average of 12.5 yards per carry, 5 receptions for 87 yards and 7 TDs in just 5 games played.
Palmer-Salmon played for the OVFL Brampton Bulldogs from 2009 to 2012. In his final JV season he rushed for 382 yards on 53 carries [7.2 ypc] and 3 TDs. He played in the 2012 OVFL Top Prospects game. Palmer-Salmon also participated in the International Developmental Fast Football League and several 7-on-7 tournaments. Palmer-Salmon has run a 4.42 sec 40, but he is not just a speedster. All of his combine testing numbers are impressive – 38″ vertical, 10’3″ broad jump & 4.1 sec shuttle.
Palmer-Salmon’s commitment is just another example of the real emphasis on speed in the Gryphons’ recruiting classes during the Lang era. Particularly at the offensive skill positions. Expect Palmer-Salmon to also compete on the Gryphons nationally competitive track team. In the end Palmer-Salmon’s college choice came down to a top-3 of Guelph, Queen’s and McMaster. He is interested in studying Arts and Bus Admin at Guelph.