Background info: 6′ 270 – Algonquin [North Bay ON] & Nippissing Wild of the OFC
Position: Offensive lineman – an interior lineman, either centre or guard.
Accomplishments: Played for Team Ontario Selects vs Team USA in the 2014 International Bowl series … won a bronze medal with Team Ontario at 2013 Football Canada Cup in Moncton. Was selected as Team Black offensive MVP in the top 90 Team Ontario Selection camp … named league O-Line MVP and a Nipissing District All Star while playing for Ecole Secondaire Catholique Algonquin in 2014 … was also team captain, team O-Line MVP, Senior Male Athlete of the Year, 2-time Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year during his career at ESCA … won Rookie of the year for the Nipissing Wild in his first of two seasons … not just a football player Jerome also played AAA hockey as a PeeWee & Bantam before playing 2 years of high school hockey … 2-time NOSSA Discus Champion who qualified for OFSAA 3 years in a row.
My Take: Jerome has only been playing football for 4 years. Before that he was all about hockey. That likely means he still has potential for lots of football growth. OL coaches usually like working with good hockey player because they tend to have good feet. Jerome is definitely mobile and can get to the next level to block. I know coaches are impressed with his strength and Jerome does compete in competitive Olympic weightlifting. S&C Coach Jordan Foley gave me the impression he too was impressed with Jerome who made the 10-hour roundtrip from North Bay to Guelph to participate in an afternoon training [or testing?] session. From what I saw last winter Jerome was the only OL who could dominate the DLs in one-on-ones at Team O Selects tryouts in Hamilton. I think he may be the most under-estimated of this year’s OL recruits.