Recruit profile: Liam McCormack

LB recruit Mark McCormack

LB recruit Liam McCormack with his St James coaches

Biographical Info: 6’5″ 235 – St James CSS [Guelph, ON]

Position: Linebacker – A two-time All Star at linebacker McCormack certainly would be a big presence in the middle but it’s also not hard to imagine him lining up as a Jack LB when Guelph uses a 3-man front. He certainly also has the size to play defensive end. By his second year I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Coach Cluff has persuaded him to transition from LB to DE à la Cam Walker and Mike Millar, a couple of pretty successful Gryphons.

Liam McCormack receives plaque for his team

Liam McCormack receives plaque for his team

Accomplishments: McCormack was a Division 10 All Star as a Linebacker in 2011 & 2013, and a team Defensive MVP in 2013 … Won D-10 and CWOSSAA basketball championships with St James Lions in 2014, advancing to OFSAA and winning the Consolation Championship … this spring McCormack was named Senior Boys Athlete of the Year for St James … he graduated with an 89% average.

My Take: Not just a good football player, McCormack is a hometown kid. He began playing football with the Guelph Minor Football Association. His first coach was Pam Dunk, mother of Gryphons Justin and Adam. He started coming to Gryphon games with his neighbour, former Gryphon player Ron Aimola. McCormack himself said, “It was just like it was meant to be. I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.” How could you not want a young man like that in your program?

McCormack has always been a multi-sport athlete and never focused solely on football. In his high school years he hasn’t played summer football because he played so much basketball. McCormack has been participating in many of the voluntary summer workouts which I think will give him a little bit of comfort and familiarity coming into training camp. The hard-working McCormack has excellent potential but may benefit from a redshirt season. I could see him making big gains in Year 1 as he concentrates on football year-round for the first time and catches up with those who have played OFC/OVFL/Team Ontario.

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