Royce Metchie is one of three members of the 2014 Gryphon recruiting class who will be playing for Team Canada at the IFAF Junior World Championships which begin July 7. Metchie, Nick Parisotto and Khaliel James have completed Team Canada’s training camp in Italy and are in Kuwait readying for their first game tomorrow.
Biographical Data: 6’1″ 185 – St Edmund Campion [Brampton ON] & Brampton Bulldogs of the OVFL.
Position: Defensive back – Metchie was an offensive threat at wide receiver and as a returner with the JV Bulldogs but he comes to Guelph as a DB recruit. Metchie seems to have primarily played safety. He has the size to play inside in the CIS. I see him as a safety or halfback.
Accomplishments: Played for Team Ontario in 2013. Won a bronze and earned selection to the FCC Tournament All Star team. Metchie’s play for Team O also earned him an invite to play for Team Canada’s U18 squad in the 2014 International Bowl Series … His outstanding play in Texas impressed Team Canada coaches enough for them to add him to the team for the Junior World Championships … Played for the GTA Rising Stars in the 2012 GTA vs GHR All Star game … Played for the Team Ontario Selects in the 2013 International Bowl series in Texas … Named top defensive player at IDFFL 2013 selection camp … Played in Peel’s Tier 1 league where his Campion Bears advanced to the ROPSSAA semi-finals before losing to the eventual champions.
My Take: Metchie was a recruit whose reputation blossomed significantly in the past year. Being named to Team Canada solidified that. Rumour had him gaging NCAA interest before committing to a CIS school. He committed to Guelph late in the process and I believe waiting for him was part of the reason Guelph accepted so few DB commits early on. This was a major pick up for the Gryphons.